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Worldwide Sanchin

23 Mar

life=kata-YOU-  Life is a Kata.

NEWS sanchin

Yes, it is true, every second of every day, the entire world performs Sanchin.

The kanji (Japanese calligraphy) for “Sanchin” translates as “Three Battles.” Those familiar with my writings and videos know that the “battles” of Sanchin refer to the three aspects of Life. On a basic level, I define the three battles of Sanchin as:

  • breathing;
  • bodily movement;
  • state-of-mind.

Using my definition, it is easy to see how every second of every day, the entire world performs the three battles of Sanchin (See Endnote # 1).

Kanji for "Sanchin", sumi-e ink on rice paper

Kanji for “Sanchin”, sumi-e ink on rice paper

Since you are already performing the three aspects of Sanchin, it is to your benefit to learn the Kata that is Sanchin. The Kata Sanchin is of such importance that I steadfastly believe everyone should perform it at least once a day. I am so resolute in this belief that I have made it possible for each and every reader to acquaint themselves with Sanchin Kata for FREE using the “Try Sanchin Kata” page tab above (Link:  https://senseijohn.me/sanchin-book/ ).

Further, as you are already performing the three battles of Sanchin (breathing, bodily movement and state-of-mind) every second of each day, you should learn the kata as a means of fostering and developing your understanding of the three battles. By doing so, a new appreciation and understanding of your daily activities will come to pass. By now, many of your daily activities are routine, mundane and lack depth. Through Sanchin, you can reverse this phenomenon. The daily practice of Sanchin Kata will also increase your physical, emotional and psychological well-being.

Still skeptical? Not convinced?

Well, here’s two simple tasks to convince you.

First, let me help you realize that every second of every day you must perform the three aspects of Sanchin Kata. On a piece of paper write four columns as you see below (or you can right-click the table below to save and print).

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As you go about your day, fill in a few activities (perhaps ten) that you undertake. At the end of the day, take a moment and see how each activity uses all three of the battles of Sanchin. I have taken a moment to provide a completed sample. You may be surprised to realize that even during periods of physically inactivity, your body is still active.  (See Endnote # 2 for my completed form)

Second, go to the “Try Sanchin Kata” page above (Link: https://senseijohn.me/sanchin-book/  ) and acquaint yourself with Sanchin. Try it for a few days and notice that you begin to appreciate the three battles and how they are a mandatory part of each day. You will also find that you feel better physically, emotionally and psychologically with Sanchin Kata than without it.

Third, once you acquaint yourself with Sanchin Kata, you are able to learn more advanced kata once the guarded treasures of martial artists. Such kata include Tensho, “Turning Hand” Kata, (video below filmed in a snowstorm) and Seienchin Kata, “Calm In The Storm, Storm In The Calm” (video below filmed in the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Cod, MA).

 

 

Consider how, wonderful it is that the entire world – each and every person – is linked and united through the three battles of Sanchin. Be a part of that special group that pays homage to this phenomenon through the daily practice of the Kata that is Sanchin.

You will also enjoy the my free Shibumi Kata which you can explore using the “Try Shibumi Kata” page tab.

Remember my simple concept that “Life is a Kata” and Sanchin is the gateway to understand how to improve each aspect of life.

In closing I remain, advocating Sanchin Kata for everyone in the life that is a Kata,

HANKO

Sensei John Szmitkowski

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ENDNOTES:

1. Readers may recall that building upon my basic definition, I propose and advanced definition of the three battles of Sanchin, or the three aspects of life as:

  • physical aspect (composed of breathing and bodily movement);
  • spiritual aspect (our state-of mind, including emotional and psychological states);
  • metaphysical aspect (the manner in which we interact with our external environment.

This advanced definition further supports my statement that every second of every day, the entire world performs (the three battles of) Sanchin.

2. Here is my completed three battle form:

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LIFE IS A KATA

9 Mar

Why do I so strongly advocate the idea that everyone should practice Sanchin Kata? Simple, “Life is a Kata.” Sanchin is a gateway to comprehending the basic elements of life.To facilitate learning Sanchin, anyone can freely acquaint themselves with Sanchin Kata using the “Try Sanchin Kata” page tab above.

life=kata-YOU-

Sanchin Kata (meaning “Three Battles’) examines the three aspects necessary for each and every moment of life, namely, breathing, bodily movement and state-of-mind. Clearly, you cannot live without breathing. Even during times of physical inactivity your body is moving; your heart pumps blood, your lungs expand and contract, digestive organs function, even your minute cells go abut their metabolic processes. Though state-of-mind is a bit more amorphous, you always maintain a state of mental activity. If you do not, then you are clinically “brain-dead;” time to proverbially “pull-the-plug.”

Through the regular practice of Sanchin you explore these three aspects and gain insights into:

  • The specific nature of each of life’s three individual aspects;
  • The manner in which the individual aspects of breathing, bodily movement and state-of-mind, interact, blend and combine to produce – You;
  • The effect whereby you simultaneously exist in the three distinct states of a physical self, a spiritual self and a metaphysical self (connected with your environment).

In addition to the “Try Sanchin Kata” page, throughout this blog, there are articles and videos that guide you in exploring the three aspects in greater detail. You will also enjoy the my free Shibumi Kata which you can explore using the “Try Shibumi Kata” page tab.

Remember my simple concept that “Life is a Kata” and Sanchin is the gateway to understand how to improve each aspect of life.

In closing I remain, advocating Sanchin for everyone in the life that is a Kata,

HANKO

Sensei John Szmitkowski

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Ringwood Manor, 2012For information on my “no-risk”, kata seminars, please visit the seminar page using this convenient link https://senseijohn.me/seminar-kata/

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NENJUUSHIN SANCHIN PILGRIMAGE

1 Feb

Our next Sanchin Pilgrimage:

Sanchin, the remaining rituals of Jiriki Kata-Do and any Karate Kata are an exceptionally convenient means to rejuvenate the body and the spirit. Why? The answer is simple. All are treasures that remain within you each and every minute of each and every day. No matter where you may journey, you carry the treasure of Sanchin with you at all times. As such, my mantra of “Sanchin – anybody – anyplace – anytime” simply awaits your desire to perform Sanchin for the treasure to be enlivened.

Sanchin can, and should, be used during your daily routine as a means of rejuvenation, a way to make an otherwise mundane day special, or a method by which you can take a miniature vacation from the drama of your daily life. While doing so, Sanchin will refresh you physically, enliven your spirit and connect you with the surrounding world environment.

I routinely incorporate Sanchin into my daily activities and believe you would also enjoy doing so. As an example, here is a photograph taking during a ride on my Harley-Davidson Electra-glide. I desired the refreshing effects of Sanchin so I paused next to a cotton field and performed Sanchin. (There is also a video link is below)

So that you may experience the above effects of Sanchin, I have scheduled the following Sanchin Pilgrimage:

the NENJUUSHIN SANCHIN PILGRIMAGE, or the “Everyday Mind Sanchin Pilgrimage.”

Remember, the group dynamic is fulfilled not by all being physically together, but by all performing Sanchin within the session parameters on the same day.

Session Parameters:

Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 – Yes! A weekday, when you are “terribly busy” at work, and otherwise enveloped in the drama of your daily life.

Time: Anytime you may need or desire to perform Sanchin on the above date.

Location:  Anyplace wherein you feel a need or desire to perform Sanchin, indoors, or outdoors.

Salient Points: Without fore-planning be prepared to perform Sanchin anytime this day. Perform the Kata when you feel you need it most to rejuvenate you physically, spiritually and metaphysically. Use your Sanchin performance to rejuvenate you, take a miniature vacation from an otherwise mundane day, or perhaps to make the day special.

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 perform the Sanchin described in each session as an integral part of your regular Sanchin practice. I often incorporate Sanchin into my daily routine. Here’s a few short video examples:

In closing I remain enraptured by the “Everyday Mind of Sanchin”,

HANKO

Sensei John Szmitkowski

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SANCHIN KATA: The Three Battles In A New Perspective

21 Feb

The within is submitted for the benefit of all life journeymen. The foregoing discussion of the Sanchin Kata is not intended simply as the divine province of those martial artists fortunate to know Sanchin. Rather, every person who reads the within should endeavor to learn the Sanchin Kata and perform Sanchin at least daily. Embrace Sanchin as a long lost lover and Sanchin will fulfill you with its enticing secrets.

The Sanchin Kata is perhaps one of the most treasured Kata of traditional Karate-Do and the predecessor arts of Kung-Fu, Kalaripayat and Pranayama. Within my methodology and ideology of Jiriki Kata-Do, Sanchin Kata is made available to all who wish to learn and probe its benefits and secrets regardless of whether they wish to learn a full Karate-Do curriculum. To borrow from my article on this blogsite entitled Dante’s Issho Dojo (please see the category Martial Ideology Applied To daily Life), Sanchin is the portal to a new contextual paradigm for Kata to be found in Jiriki Kata-Do. This paradigm allows the three battles of Sanchin Kata to be extended into a new dimension.

The translation of the Kanji for the word “Sanchin” offers insight into the attributes that are found within Sanchin Kata.

 Kanji for Sanchin taken from an original Sumi-e drawing on rice paper

As one may see from the Kanji, the word Sanchin is composed of two root words. The root word “San” means “Three” and the root word “Chin” means “Battle”. The word “battle” does not refer to warfare; rather, “battle” refers to conditions, or aspects requiring attention and cultivation by the performer of the Sanchin Kata. Thus, while Sanchin literally means “Three Battles” , the interpretation of the Kanji should be extended to mean “three aspects of the human condition.” Through the regular performance of the Sanchin Kata the three aspects of the human condition are incubated, nurtured and evolved so as to facilitate an enraptured human experience.

Historically, the interpretation of the three battles of Sanchin Kata has been limited to a martial arts perspective. There are many interpretations of the three battles of Sanchin that are derived from the Art of Karate. The central theme of the Karate-Do proclamation of the three battles is the development and unification of body and spirit. This development of mind and body is fundamental to the practice of Karate. In general terms, the three battles of Sanchin have been described as: Breath, Posture and Spirit. All three aspects are to be unified through the Kata. Thus, historically, it can be said that the Sanchin Kata unifies the body (through the elements of breath and posture) and spirit (through the moving-Zen concepts) of the Karate-Ka (one who practices Karate). Such a unification of mind and body elements are essential to the practice and execution of Karate technique and Kata.

Through the Sanchin Kata, the Karate-Ka forges a body that is tough and resilient. A Karate-Ka’s body would be as solid as the trunk of an oak tree and as flexible as the boughs of a willow tree. The spirit of the Karate-Ka would be fostered so as to allow the Karate-Ka to perceive the external world and act spontaneously in accord with the attendant circumstances. Through the Sanchin Kata, the Karate-Ka would achieve a superhuman perception. This would enable the Karate-Ka to be impervious to physical pain and discomfort. The Karate-Ka would also be immune to harmful emotions and spiritual distractions. This state of being forms the building blocks to Karate.

The definition of the three battles of Sanchin within the boundaries of the perspective of the martial arts is, by its very nature, limited in scope. Further, the definition is redundant as it uses three manifestations (breath, posture and spirit, or similar expressions) of only two aspects of the human condition (body and mind). I note here that I am aware of a limited number of martial artists that define the three battles of Sanchin as the unification of body, spirit and “soul”. I submit that such a definition, while it appears hopeful in expanding the concept of Sanchin beyond the realm of martial arts, is dismally disappointing. One need simply explore the definition of soul to be disappointed. I submit that the soul is an improper aspect of the Sanchin Kata for the following reasons. The use of the word soul automatically (like Merlin’s magic wand) conjures up religious connotations that do not belong integrated within Sanchin. Even assuming, arguendo, that such religious inclinations can be suppressed, the traditional and philosophical view of the soul is that at some point it must reside within the human bio-body. Thus again, the definition merely draws upon conditions that exist within the human and fails to account for external universal-environmental factors. This failure results in the human existing as separate and distinct from the universal environment on both a physical and conscious level.

For more than three decades, I have engaged in the practice of the Sanchin Kata. My devotion to Sanchin enlightened me to the discovery that the traditional proclamation of the three battles of Sanchin Kata was incomplete. The traditional proclamation of the three battles possessed a very sever limitation. The limitation is that three battles of the Sanchin Kata were expressed solely within the martial arts context and perspective. Such a perspective of the three battles of Sanchin merely describes two states of the human condition. These two states represent a limited view of the source of physical power, spiritual insight and emotional stability of the Karate-Ka. The two states of human existence I am referring to are a physical state and a spiritual state. To date, the unique attributes ascribed to a Karate-Ka, or any martial artist for that matter, were believed to be solely a manifestation and unification of the body and spirit (or mind) aspects of the human condition.

After many years of continued rigorous practice of and devotion to the Sanchin Kata, I came to realize that clearly lacking from the definition of the three battles is an additional third human quality. It became apparent to me that the three battles of Sanchin must be allowed to break the limiting boundaries imposed upon it by the martial arts perspective. This means that the three battles must be viewed and defined from the perspective of the total human condition. The three battles of Sanchin, as expressed to date, account for two aspects of the human condition that are internal to the human (body and mind). It became apparent to me that the missing, heretofore undiscovered battle, or aspect, of the Sanchin Kata must be external to the human bio-body. I call this aspect the metaphysical aspect of the human condition. Just like the Tesseract shown below illustrates a standard three dimensional cube in a new paradigm of four dimensions, my ideology of Jiriki Kata-Do extends the three battles of Sanchin Kata into a heretofore undiscovered new paradigm, to wit: the redefining the three battles of Sanchin to recognize a metaphysical aspect of the human condition that exists external to the human bio-body. Further, by way of my methodology and ideology of Jiriki Kata-Do, the Sanchin Rite (this is a term of art I coined so as to avoid the use of the word “Kata” and the martial arts connotation of the word) is made available to anyone that desires to learn its secret teachings.

 A Tesseract

The metaphysical aspect of the Sanchin Rite recognizes the presence, consciousness and creative power that exists in the universe around us. In addition to recognizing the metaphysical aspect of the three battles of Sanchin Kata, I was enlightened to a means of incorporating a methodology into the performance of the Sanchin Rite for perceiving this metaphysical realm. I submit that the Three Battles of Sanchin are:

1. Physical Battle, or the aspect of properly performing all components of the physical movements of Sanchin so as to experience the physical, metabolic benefits of Sanchin;

2. Spiritual Battle, or the aspect of the internal transportation of bio-essence throughout the human bio-body which is only permitted through an enlightened, enraptured state of mind facilitated by Sanchin;

3. Meta-physical Battle, or the aspect of the expansion of etheric-essence into the universal environment to foster interconnectivity and synchronicity with the universal consciousness perceived through Sanchin.

It is imperative to remove the boundary of the martial arts perspective and begin to think of the three battles of Sanchin within the overall perspective of the entire human condition. Such a boundless interpretation of the three battles mandates that factors that are internal to the human must be considered as part and parcel of factors that are external to the human condition (including those factors that may exist beyond the ken of human perception). I was awakened to the metaphysical aspect of the Rite of Sanchin Kata only after three decades of practice coupled with an introduction into newly developing sciences, including quantum physics, noetic sciences and traditional and non-traditional philosophic ideologies. To date, I am aware of no other Sanchin-Ka (A term of art I use to describe anyone who practices Sanchin) that has defined the three battles in the manner I set forth. Further, I am not aware of anyone that has promulgated a specific methodology and manner of performing the Sanchin Rite so as to experience the metaphysical aspect of the Rite (or Kata). Perhaps I am the only person willing to commit name and reputation to acknowledging the existence of a third, metaphysical aspect present in Sanchin. I am also confident that Sanchin can and should be learned by anyone who desires to embrace it and learn its secret teachings. Such knowledge can be undertaken independent of a full Karate curriculum. I have developed my methodology and ideology of Jiriki Kata-Do so as to grant practitioners the divine province of experiencing unification and synchronization of not only body and spirit, but the universal presence and consciousness.

Through the understanding and development of the three battles, or aspects, of the Sanchin Rite, one can begin to foster an understanding of the state of human existence I call the Plateau of Human serenity. The Plateau of Human Serenity is the portal to the broader concepts of the human condition as explored through the various Rites (or Kata) of Jiriki Kata-Do. The Sanchin Book (which may be found on the Sanchin Book page of this Blogsite) sets forth the first installment of the Jiriki Kata-Do dynamic lecture and exercise series. The foundation of the Sanchin Kata presentation is the imperative nature of recognizing and awakening the potential gained by existing and synchronizing with factors that are internal and external to the human bio-body.

Sanchin Kata in Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Here is a link for a promotional video about my Sanchin Kata & Jiriki Kata-Do DVD filmed in the Tonto National Forest. Arizona. Please see the “SANCHIN DVD & BOOK” page tab above for information on how to purchase the DVD.

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-pC-tPUrYE

 

 I remain, as I hope you do, enraptured by the new knowledge to be gained on this remarkable journey called life,
HANKO-master

Sensei John Szmitkowski

The Kanji for Sanchin Kata was taken from my series on the Mokuroku No Kata of Goshin-Do Karate entitled Goshin-Do Kata-Jitsu: Volume Three: The Goju-Ryu Influence (Issho Publications, E. Rutherford, NJ 2002). The use of the Tesseract was inspired by a reference made to it in Kaku, Michio, Physics Of The Impossible ( First Anchor Books, NY, NY 2009) p. 232. The graphic of the Tesseract was found on the Wikipedia website. 

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