Many people practice Sanchin kata.
My question is how do you interpret it?
Do you use Sanchin-dachi as a fighting stance? If so, do you stay tensed? or use the tension on an “as needed” basis?
Do you look at it as more of a ‘body structure’ type of training?
Do you use it for fighting applications? if so, to what extent? do you bunkai it for joint locks and takedowns, or stick to the basics of positioning and posture?
Do you use it for physical conditioning/breathing?
Do you use it to teach what muscles to “fire” at certain times? For example, when doing hikite, one reason it drops as it’s retracted is so you can link the ‘underarm’ muscles for added stability and power, it engages the big lat muscle in your back, rather than using just the upper shoulder muscles. Give examples.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, do you use Sanchin training as a template for ways of studying all of your other kata? (I’ve seen shorin ryu practitioners using Naihanchi the same way Goju uses sanchin “shime”)
Do you apply the body dynamics, and tension from sanchin to your other kata performances?
What does sanchin represent to you in your training?