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Tekki/Naihanchi Sandan

I've yo-yo'd back and forth over this kata and its usefulness for some time. I'm still in two minds, but the reason for this thread is one technique in particular.  The third movement where the right fist, from a mid reinforced block position, sweeps down to meet the left elbow then sweeps back up into a deflection/strike.

See at about 19 seconds

8 seconds here

3 seconds on this clip

The general application of this movement is just as a block/deflection. If this is so then I would ask what lesson the kata is trying to impart with this particular movement/sequence. Otherwise if there are any other ideas about application I'd love to hear them.


Paul Anderson
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Hi dave,

I asked a similar question a few months ago after seeing a picture on the wiki page for planktration that looked awfully similar to the position of the arms you see in Tekki.

Looks look a shoulder lock, or rather it could be a shoulder lock.



DaveB's picture

This is my fourth attempt at writing a reply, fingers crossed! Your idea is sound for tekki sho, but I'm not sure it fits the context in tekki san. This is because of the movements that precede and follow the technique. However your contribution inspired me in a new direction. I think the dropping motion is Trapping/pulling the opponents blocking hand from just above the elbow. The following rising movement smacks him in his now lowered head. Thus we have a specific strategy for passing the defences of a skilled opponent, a possible theme for the final kata of this set. Looking at the variations in this movement between the different clips above suggested some form pulling app to me, but your suggestion reminded me that there could be emphasis on the rising movement (the strike) as well as the dropping movement. Further suggestions are most welcome; I am by no means completely content with this app.If not the application of the one movement, I wonder if anyone has any opinions on the overall usefulness of this kata in light of the first two?