Evolution of Sanchin Kata

Going through my video library I have come across an old video that captures the possible evolution of Sanchin kata.

On the video we can see demonstrations by the following masters:

Pan of Yong Chun Village – Yong Chun White Crane ,

Chen Jian Feng – Wushu Guan,

Shinyu Gushi – Pangai Noon (Uechi Ryu)

Morio Higaonna – Goju Ryu

I think this video represents a great visualisation of the possible development route of this kata.

At the link below you can find some bunkai performed by Sensei Ryan Parker

Clicks and pains in the shoulder


Some of my friends complain about pain that they experience in the front of the shoulders along with a clicking noise emanating from the shoulder joint.  Their focus is on the shoulder as the obvious source of pain and so they try to rest it.  In these cases the shoulder gets all of the attention, but is this appropriate?  If we look closer at the anatomy of that region, we can see that there are bicep attachments that go into the shoulder via the intertubercular groove.  This grove is on average 4-6mm in depth, but for about 20% of people this groove is less than 3mm in depth.  If the groove is shallow the rubbing of the bicep attachments is more intense and there is a higher risk of biceps tendinitis or tearing.


Pain in the front of the shoulder is often caused by inflammation of the long tendon of the biceps, but as the pain is localised within the shoulder people assume that they are suffering with a shoulder injury.  A remedy for this type of pain is to limit abrasion of the tendon by reducing the range of motion during exercises involving the chest, shoulders, back and arms.

Trip to Poland

Since last week a lot has happened and so I have been very busy!


I must start with a short review of our annual wresting seminar, which this year was a bit smaller than expected.  However, as we say in Poland “there isn’t a bad thing that doesn’t turn out to be good” or “Nie ma tego złego co by na dobre nie wyszło”!  With less people we had more space on the mats and so coach Marek and his assistant, Klaudia, could pay more attention to our techniques.  As always the knowledge and skills of coach Marek is astounding as he is able to change our performance dramatically just by making a few tweaks to our technique execution.


We would like to give a big thanks to our guests for their time!

In addition to the seminar we also welcomed our guests along with the participants to a dinner, which is now turning into something of a tradition…  The meal was delicious and we are very grateful to Anna who cooked for all of us.


We also managed to fit in a trip to Hampton Court Palace so our guests could find out a little bit about the history of England.  The palace is an extraordinary place, both in terms of its beauty and history.  I would definitely recommend visiting.


With the busy weekend gone there was still no rest for me as I joined our friends on their way back to Poland.   I spent the whole week back in my home town of Kraków, training at our Hombu Dojo with Sensei Artur.


As I mentioned in my New Year’s article, I have also started studying soft joint manipulation therapy.  I was very excited about this new experience as it puts me right out of my comfort zone.  Training-wise it was great fun to visit the Hombu and I have been given some great tips about training and technique.  I also had the pleasure of joining our friend, Grzegorz, at his dojo for ju jitsu training.


Whilst in Kraków I embarked on an intense study regime that covered the mechanics of body alignment and how to correct misplaced joints.  It was amazing to see first-hand how this method works, for example I had the joy of seeing the benefits gained by an 86 year old lady with Parkinsons disease who had been able to regain her mobility thanks to realignment treatment sessions.


After covering the theory and a few practice sessions I was able to start performing treatments under the supervision of my teacher.  I have to say that I was surprised at how quickly the sensitivity of my hands improved.  On the first day I could not feel different levels of muscle tension but now after a week I find them easy to spot.   It was a great week and very satisfying on a personal level – there is a lot of work ahead of me, but I am definitely looking forward to it!

Thanks for reading,


Start of 2015

Hi all, I hope that you had a great Christmas break and were able to enjoy the festive season!  I was lucky enough to spend my holidays with my family and friends in my native Poland.  I haven’t spent Christmas at home for around eight years so I thought it was about time to change that!


My wife and I had a lovely time visiting friends, teachers and family as well as browsing through the festive markets in my home city of Krakow.


All of these treats made me feel great, but at the same time made me crave training!It’s funny how a two week break can make me realise how much working out means to me.  From January I will be embarking on a new training programme, adding a few new workouts and equipment.  The main additions will be Kettlebells, swimming and running.


This is a part of my personal plan.  With respect to our club, we will continue to follow our development programme and will be taking part in more events this year.  We are hoping to find our own facility this year so that we can create a dedicated space for practicing martial arts and to support personal training.  If we succeed in this goal we will be expanding our classes from training for children to posture correction.  With this in mind I will be studying for personal training qualifications at the start of year.


I hope to see some of you at our classes and events in the U.K. and abroad.  You can now enjoy our new website (www.shinaidokarate.com) which includes live feeds from this blog and our Facebook group and also provides a link to our YouTube channel.  I hope that you will find this website useful for getting information about our club and events.  The following events have already been planned for 2015:


  • 10th of January – Annual Wrestling seminar with Marek Niemiec
  • 28th of March – Annual Jukado Kempo seminar with Marek Mroszczyk (to be confirmed)
  • 10th to 12th of April – International Shorinji Kempo seminar, Poland
  • 26th of April – Pembrokeshire Open tournament (to be confirmed)
  • 8th to 12th of August – Summer camp, Poland
  • 24th to 25th of October – Weekend of Budo and Krav Maga at International Budo Academy (UK Chamber)
  • November – Shin Ai Do seminar and Grading in Karate and MMA (to be confirmed)

Hope you will enjoy our events and to see you on the mats!

Regards, Les.