Such an important Kata that every belt level must learn and understand fully including it’s ‘Yang’ brother.
'Tensho' means 'rolling hands' but it also shares the same meaning as Sanchin, 'three battles'. We all understand the basic 3 meanings of Sanchin. 1. The mind, body and technique, 2. Internal organs, blood circulation and nervous system. 3. Tento, hara and tan dan.
But I also taught that the ‘3 battles’ had more to do with our own internal battle. The mind, body and spirit. Take this for an example. Some days your body can feel energised and wanting to train yet your mind cant be bother. Isn’t this a type of internal battle? Or when you’re in your grading and you’ve been told to do 100 push ups. You’re mind starts telling you, you need a break, your body is exhausted but you must fight these emotions with your spirit so you Kia though even single press up because it’s your spirit that will fight off the minds tricks and the bodies weakness.
We use to preform Tensho to soothing music in the dark and concentrate on our breathing and technique while understanding the true meaning of Tensho.
I encourage you to do the same no matter where you are. Turn off the lights, switch on the above music, be patient and preform Tensho.
This was Sosai’s most favoured Kata.