TAIKYOKU SANDAN - Third Cause

The third and last kata in this series is Taikyoku Sandan. Once again, many Shotokan dojos today do not bother teaching this kata to their students, but I consider this to be the third kata a beginner should learn. Only after having first trained for some time in Taikyoku Shodan, Taikyoku Nidan, and Taikyoku Sandan will a student then be ready to move on and learn the more complex hand techniques, stances, and combination movements, that will be taught in the upcoming Heian series of katas.

Taikyoku Sandan introduces the beginner for the first time to a new hand technique, chudan-uchi-uke (inside outward block), and to a new basic stance, kokutsu-dachi (back stance). At the same time this kata maintains the use of chudan-oi-zuki (middle level lunge punch), jodan-oi-zuki (upper level lunge punch), gedan-barai (lower level down block) and zenkutsu-dachi (front stance) found in the previous two katas.

This kata contains 20 movements and should take the student approximately 40 seconds to complete. The correct performance of this kata is required in order to advance in rank from 10th kyu (white belt) to 9th kyu (yellow belt).

The embusen is the same as in Taikyoku Shodan except, the movements along both directions on line #1 and #3 the of embusen are chudan-uchi-uke (inside outward block) in kokutsu-dachi (back stance), followed by jodan-oi-zuki (upper level lunge punch) in zenkutsu-dachi (front stance). The movements both up and down the center line are chudan-oi-zuki (middle level lunge punch) in zenkutsu-dachi (front stance). There are two kiai points found in Taikyoku Sandan. The first one occurs on the last chudan-oi-zuki (middle level lunge punch) at the top of the embusen (line of attack). The second one occurs on the last chudan-oi-zuki (middle level lunge punch) at the bottom of the embusen (line of attack).