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26 Feb

It is one of my truisms that “You are Sanchin and Sanchin is you.” You carry the treasure of Sanchin within you at all times. To enliven this truism I invite all in the Sect Of Sanchin to participate in the “Sua Sponte Sanchin Pilgrimage.

“Sua sponte” is a term derived from my years (1985 to 1989) at Seton Hall University School Of Law (Newark, NJ). Sua sponte is a latin phrase that means “On its own will.” The goal of the Sua Sponte Sanchin Pilgrimage is to have the incubating Sanchin that resides within you, effervesce and bubble to the surface, manifesting in a Sanchin performance that is of Sanchin’s own will and accord. Thus you will perform Sanchin not when you desire the performance, bur rather Sanchin will be performed when Sanchin desires such a performance. (See Endnote # 1)

In addition Sanchin will determine how it manifests itself. Sanchin may manifest itself in the traditional manner or in one of the variations contained on my Sanchin DVD, such as the aggressive Shobu-Sanchin (used to quell an aggressive or angry spirit), or the soothing Serenity Sanchin (used to enhance one’s harmony).

As always, remember that the group dynamic is not fulfilled by the group being geographically present with each other, but rather all performing Sanchin together in accord with the session parameters. (see Endnote # 2)


Session Parameters:

Date: Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Time: Anytime that Sanchin desires to manifest itself

Location: Anyplace that Sanchin desires to manifest itself

Salient Points: 

  • From the moment you open your eyes on the appointed date, be aware that Sanchin is within you;
  • From that moment on, remain aware of the incubating Sanchin as it warms itself within your Hara;
  • Whenever, wherever and however Sanchin expresses it’s desire to manifest itself, unleash Sanchin and perform the Kata;
  • Though it may seem that you selected the time and place that Sanchin manifests in a performance, reflect on whether you chose the performance, or Sanchin choose the performance of its own accord;
  • You should reflect deep and well on the above.
  • The last requirement of this Sanchin Pilgrimage is to remain in an enraptured physical, spiritual and metaphysical state throughout the day by way of the concept of  “Zanshin” (the “remaining mind” which is discussed in my Sanchin DVD and Book).

Once again, you may wish to not only perform the Sanchin Pilgrimage as scheduled, but may also revisit the specific pilgrimage and allow Sanchin to spring forth from you sua sponte, of its own will, at anytime and anyplace. Do this as an integral part of your regular Sanchin practice.

Walking with my wife & grandson, Stratton, I wonder when Sanchin will appear sua sponte

In closing, I remain, living with Sanchin and all my Kata, sua sponte,


Sensei John Szmitkowski


1. Admittedly, it does seem to defy logic to “schedule” a “sua sponte” sanchin session, nonetheless, the pilgrimage parameters hope to balance the opposing thoughts of spontaneity and group unification through Sanchin. Further, it is not the performer that chooses when, where and how Sanchin will be performed, rather, it is Sanchin that chooses the moment and manner that it will manifest itself.

2. I cannot help but wonder whether in the months to come, upon scheduling a future Sua Sponte Sanchin Pilgrimage, the group will, sua sponte, perform Sanchin at the exact same moment. How wonderfully magnificent would that be?

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