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Naihanchi – the lost kata of Goju?

So, bear with me here.
I was always taught that, within Shorin systems, the heishugata (閉手型) was Naihanchi. And within Goju, it was Sanchin and Tensho. It’s canon. It’s the way things are done.

But what if we have been missing something seriously fundamental all along?
What if people are closing their eyes off to important lessons right in front of them because ‘that’s not our kata.”
Even as a Matsubayashi/ Shorin guy, I first learned Sanchin back in the early 90s when I was doing Goju. It was interesting, and I found things that were useful in the movements – tension and relaxation, rising and falling, use of hips on the turns, etc. Good stuff. I really did not work on Tenshi until years later. To my regret.
But, imagine my surprise when I was living in Osaka and training at the Daidoukan, that I was introduced to a dojo that did bothNaihanchi and Sanchin as heishugata. Now, to be fair, it was a revised version called Moto te Sanchin (本手三戦), but it was Sanchin all the same. And bro…

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