heian sandan

heian sandan, third of the five heians, has a 'T' shape embusen rather than (serifed) 'I'. its relative brevity should not be mistaken for simplicity, however, since there are a wealth of new techniques introduced. in this kata, front and back stances are mixed with straddle (horse-riding) stance. throwing techniques are prominent, with nearly all moves (offensive and defensive) directed at the chudan level.

important points for heian sandan:
- attacking forward with the crossing blocks
- pulling hikite back with the elbow in
- equal timing on the four forward techniques
- keeping the back straight throughout
- maintaining (low) height

the following video show some detail of the kata, with alternate views and focus on footwork.

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