Sentenashi Arts Wado Principles

Sentenashi Arts Wado Principles


The standing bow is an excellent combination between what we think and feel and what we are doing, with the opportunity to show our intentions in motion. Give respect and you will receive it. Earn it by your own example. This is when and where ZANSHIN must start and finish.


The principle of Maai is usually interpreted as fighting distance but it encompasses more than the physical distance between two antagonists. The combatant’s state of MIND, and SPIRIT, as well as the DISTANCE are ALL related to MAAI. It might be said that keeping good maai is creating enough space to maneuver with intention. However, simply put, in terms of distance, if either the defender or attacker is able to strike the other with an attack without moving the feet, then maai is too short. Good maai is when the attacker can strike the defender by moving a half step forward or the defender can retreat out of range with a half step backward. Of course, this distance constantly fluctuates during sparring and both attacker and defender must be aware of the potential range of their own and their opponent’s techniques and adjust the distance accordingly without hesitation.


San mi-ittai are three kinds of body shifting movement which characterizes Wado.

The Kihon Kumite provide perhaps the best examples of san mi-ittai principle.
Ten-i, “to move the position” or move away from the attack.
Ten-tai, twisting and realigning the body to change the relationship of the body to the attack and further reduce the exposed target area.
Ten-gi, executing techniques while letting the attack pass through.


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