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aurik
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Styles: Shuri-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu

PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bushido_man96 wrote:
Those times when instructors really seem to open up and present things to you like that are especially enlightening. Especially with a good instructor.

Since I'm not a Karate stylist, and I've not retained much of what I've learned of the Karate vocabulary, can you please explain to me what "shime" is?


Shime in this context is a concept specific to Uechi-Ryu (and possibly a couple of other Okinawan styles). One might interpret it as "focus". The idea is that the instructor is checking a student's focus while performing the Sanchin kata by pulling, pushing, and/or striking the student in a number of key areas. Per my sensei, he's primarily looking to see how much force it takes to make the student move, and that they are flexing the appropriate muscle groups to protect themselves.

One thing I learned quite early is NOT to push back against the instructor, but to focus your energies DOWNWARD into the floor. The one time I pushed back against one of our instructors pushing against me, she shouted "A-HA", and gave a quick tug on my belt and my stance came completely undone.

Here is a video of Shinjo sensei performing Shime testing on his brother at a demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phrwIVC1S28
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing that. It answers my question very well. The breaks at the end were impressive, too.
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