Heian Sandan is the third of the ‘Heian’ series, and again develops on the fundamental principles taught in the previous katas. 

Among many students, this is the most unpopular of the Heian Kata, but an essential one all the same. Without training in this kata, with the spinning movements, the use of the foot and leg as a block, and strong attention to Kiba-Dachi, kata like Kanku Dai, Tekki and Bassai Sho would not be performed with as much grace and efficiency.

This kata introduces many new techniques, the most complex being the disengage of the arm followed by the spinning tetsui. Although very difficult to the beginning student, the principles this kata teach are vital. Just through studying this technique, you learn to control your centre of balance, you learn to spin quickly and efficiently and you learn to generate power through moving your body’s mass.

Although these concepts may at times be lost on the beginner, when it comes to studying the later kata, this introduction to these concepts builds the vital foundation for the rest of their kata study.
Heian Sandan

Salute slowly, musubi-dachi.
Announce “Heian Sandan” in a decisive tone of voice.
Yoi, hachiji-dachi.
1.Hidari chudan-uchi-uke
2.Hidari gedan-barai Migi chudan-uchi uke
3.Hidari chudan-uchi-uke Migi gedan-barai
4.Migi chudan-uchi-uke
5.Hidari gedan-barai - Hidari chudan-uchi-uke
6.Migi chudan-uchi-uke Hidari-gedan-barai
7.Hidari chudan morote uke
8.Migi chudan-nukite-tate-zuki Hidari osae-uke
9.Hidari chudan-tetsui-yoko-uchi
10.Migi chudan-oi-zuki 
KIAI Wait 2 seconds after the kiai.
11.Ryoken koshi kamae
12.Migi yoko-fumikomi Migi yoko-empi-uchi
13.Migi jodan-uraken-tate-uchi
14.Hidari yoko-fumikomi Migi yoko-empi-uchi
15.Hidari jodan-uraken-tate-uchi
16.Migi yoko-fumikomi Migi yoko-empi-uchi
17.Migi jodan-uraken-tate-uchi
18.Hidari shuto-uke
19.Hidari chudan-oi-zuki
20.Migi jodan-mawashi-zuki Migi ushiro-empi-uchi
21.Hidari jodan-mawashi-zuki Migi ushiro-empi-uchi
Yame, hachiji-dachi

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