The techniques used in Shinseido are generally taken from the kata (forms) we practice.
The purpose of kata, in our view, is to teach principles rather than individual techniques.
As such, each kata movement can be seen as a multi-purpose tool.
Analysis of the kata movements is known as Bunkai and is the cornerstone of the practice of Shinseido.
Once you understand the principles a kata movement is teaching it is possible to use the movement in many different ways.
To understand this we can, for example, look at one of the first techniques found in the traditional Karate Kata, the so-called ‘Downward Block’ (sometimes called ‘Downward Sweep’ or Gedan-Barai).
The following pictures show just a few examples of how this simple movement can be used.
This technique can be practiced using different stances and whilst stepping in different directions.
The chief principle embodied in the downward sweep is one of pulling and pushing: one hand pulls up and back towards the hip while the other hand pushes down and forwards.