Heian Sandan


  • HEIAN SANDAN – “Peaceful Mind Number Three”
    The third kata in the Heian series, and popular with many junior students, this kata is noted for the introduction of a very strong side stance known as kiba-dachi (horse riding stance). Also introduced for the first time is the students requirement to perform a simultaneous two handed combination block, in this case a gedan-barai (lower level down block), and a chudan-uchi-uke (inside outward block), both of which are performed on the second and fourth movements of this kata. Other new hand techniques introduced are, chudan-haishu-uke (middle level back hand block), and jodan-mawashi-zuki (upper level hook punch). One of the more difficult elements of Heian San Dan occurs coming back down the “I” of the embusen (line of attack), in which the student is required to perform a series of movements in kiba-dachi (horse riding stance) while simultaneously blocking and striking.There are two kiai points in Heian Sandan, the first one occurs on the chudan-oi-zuki (middle level lunge punch) at the top of the “I” of the embusen (line of attack), and the second one occurs on the last movement of the kata a jodan-mawashi-zuki (upper level hook punch). This kata contains 23 movements and should take the student approximately 40 seconds to complete. To finish the kata from the last movement, leave your left foot in place and withdrawing your right foot, stand up facing forward in a hachiji-dachi (natural stance), now bring your left foot half way in towards your right foot, and your right foot half way in towards your left foot, and at the same time bring your hands to your sides, now standing in heisoku-dachi (attention stance),rei (bow), now step out with your left foot, then your right foot and stand once again in hachiji-dachi (natural stance). 

Heian Sandan.

Number of moves  20

1st Kia movement 10

2nd Kia movement  20

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