Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sanchin Kata Comparison

While none of these guys can move like Shakira, they are worth watching nevertheless. This is a video I found over at Ikigaiway (a very interesting blog and you should pay a visit if you haven't already). The video shows a meeting of karate masters from different styles (and a kung fu master) all doing their own versions of the famous and widely used Sanchin kata. While they are all different in the details (vastly different in some regards), so can see the common root they all share.

As I watch this, I am reminded of the quote that there is only one taijiquan. I think the same could be said for one aikido, one judo, ...


Yamabushi said...

Rick, this is a great video. Really gives a good idea of the transformation of a "simple" kata like Sanchin. Makes one wonder about the longer forms.

Rick Matz said...

Forms aren't a limitation; they're a starting point.

CLFSean said...

This is about similarities from a common ancestor. It's awesome.

Rick Matz said...

Thanks for stopping by.

How martial arts change is an interesting topic.