It is almost time to return to the torture chamber. However, it has been on mind to write about my personal experiences in the last one before too much time has passed. When I started Uechi-ryu almost a quarter century ago, the opening gate of Sanchin was to stand at attention, rotate both hands around to front, place hands on hips, step forward into a Sanchin stance...
When I tested for 1st dan I was told that was way was wrong as well as heard the scuttlebutt. I wrongly (and sadly) obliged to peer pressure without thinking, although I felt that I was lessening my training. I started training again at Sensei Bethoney’s dojo under the tutelage of Sensei Van Canna in his torture chamber in the spring of this year and guess what? Sensei Canna was doing it wrong too (I hope I can get away with this one...)! Wasn’t long before I began falling into my old habits (don’t look back, pal).
One of the benefits of doing it Van’s way is his method gets you to pull your shoulders down and keep them down throughout the kata, build strength in lats and pecs, develop good posture, stretch the muscles in the arms, and maybe even more. Students starting to for Sunday evening's class. Got to go.
Wrong? 25 years ago, everyone around here performed their katas the same way as if they all had the same instructor. Wrong? I think this particular OPEN GATE was just one of those 'right' things that fell by the wayside although some instructors have carried the torch.
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[This message has been edited by Allen M. (edited 08-08-99).]