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Sanseru

Thirty Six Hands (三十六手) Thirty six representing 6x6, the first six being eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and spirit and the second six, color, voice, smell, taste, touch and justice. The techniques in this kata seem basic, direct and hard, however there are some unique and advanced, close-in techniques.  Joint and knee locks and kicks, low front kicks while moving forward and blocking after turning are techniques that require extensive practice.  Slow movements evolve into fast, explosive ones.  A feature of this kata is use of ko (top of wrist) at the end of the kata.  The last movement (morote ko uke in Shiko dachi) provides an array of close-in applications. Watch Higaonna Sensei perform Sanseru: