Friday, April 17, 2009

Neutral bow and sanchin dachi

This guy has some of the best amateur videos out there on practical jujitsu/karate. Check out this one, in which he takes a traditional stance, called 'neutral bow' and applies some of his preferences to it.

What does the new stance, the 'functional neutral bow' or the 'not-so-neutral bow' remind you of? To me it looks a lot like sanchin dachi. Check out the following. This is not the version of Sanchin that I practice but it is a good demonstration of the kata and the stance and hip mechnanics.

Perhaps it would benefit us to go back and watch the first video a time or two, mentally replacing the words, "neutral bow" in our minds with, "sanchin dachi."  Or perhaps we could go back and watch the second one a time or two in light of the principles and ideas from the first one.  Perhaps that would teach us that sanchin dachi is not some weird, contorted, twisted, kata thing, but a profoundly functional, powerful, pragmatic thing.
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282
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  1. I agree. Looks like the way we do Sanchin and work the stance, hips and torso.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Thought you might enjoy this book, if you haven't already read it. I certainly thought it had some useful material.

  3. I liked the first video, but I like this quote even more...

    "Forget principles--structure is principle. You have to stay in structure, or you’re not principled."

  4. MOTW, I have, indeed, enjoyed that book. I just got a copy a few days ago and have been readig thru it, which is what had Sanchin particularly on my mind hen I saw the Functional Kenpo video.

    Chris, That is a very interesting quote.


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