Heian Sandan is the third of the ‘Heian’ series, and again develops on the fundamental principles taught in the previous katas.
Among many students, this is
the most unpopular of the Heian Kata, but an essential one all the same.
Without training in this kata, with the spinning movements, the use of
the foot and leg as a block, and strong attention to Kiba-Dachi, kata
like Kanku Dai, Tekki and Bassai Sho would not be performed with as much
grace and efficiency.
This kata introduces many new
techniques, the most complex being the disengage of the arm followed by
the spinning tetsui. Although very difficult to the beginning student,
the principles this kata teach are vital. Just through studying this
technique, you learn to control your centre of balance, you learn to
spin quickly and efficiently and you learn to generate power through
moving your body’s mass.
Although these concepts may at
times be lost on the beginner, when it comes to studying the later kata,
this introduction to these concepts builds the vital foundation for the
rest of their kata study.