When practicing Tensho Kata you should think like the wind and the ocean, that you control their motions and destination with your hands and breathing. Guide them to a calm and tranquil being within the universe.
The opening of the hand signifies knowledge and wisdom, the circle motion back and forward represents the coming together of all people in harmony.
The upper palm strike represents the evolution of time.
The raising and lowering of the wrist and palm signifies the sun and the moon and their destiny.
The moving of both hands in unison signifies negative and positive coming to together creating the energy of life.
Moving the palms together up and over suggests the art of breathing is in and out. When you are born you breathe in and when your time comes, you breathe out.
Tora Guchi signifies the four seasons coming and going. Both palms extended up and down suggest Fearlessness, Compassion and Charity.
The last move to finish, which is hidden, suggests holding the jewel of life, which is Enlightenment, Satori or Nirvana.
The stance Sanchin represents the element of ether, communication with heaven and the silent Gods.
This Kata is alien to most human beings; however the deity seems to be at home with this discipline, understanding the different mudras that this Kata depicts.
On a Buddhist rosary there are 108 beads, 105 eulogize and 3 doctrine, it seems to elude the superficial explorer and will only recognise the truth.
As to the universe, it shows the past, present and the future. We have seen the deity of the past and we now see the deity of the present. We must wait to see the deity of the future.
I look forward in heaven, to looking down on earth and seeing whose destiny is chosen for the future.
Photo courtesy of Dylan MacMaster
Chief Instructor OTGKA