The san shin no kata is an important part of our Bujinkan foundations, as expressed through the five forms of chi, sui, ka, fu, and ku.
In our regular classes the san shin no kata is always practiced, a complete set of all five of them.
Part warm up, part tune up, part movement assessment for the lessons to come in class.
The san shin is also an important part of one’s training outside of class- along with kamae, ukemi, and the kihon happo.
So what are some of the way to practice san shin outside of class as part of your own kihon training?
Three ways to explore it:
The first is using the movements as a way to learn the fundamental ways of moving the body using taijutsu. Arm and leg movements. Ways of receiving and striking. Correct alignment, moving in alignment.
The second way is to do it with a training partner as they punch at you- the san shin as a way to not only learn correct body dynamics, but also distance and timing as now you are not doing them solo, but with a partner.
Third way is as a form of moving mediation.
Doing the movements slow and fluid, at a consistent pace, left and right to help cultivate mushin.