Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

February 19th 2012

From Sensei Marchetti, Shihan, Ueshiro Cocoa Shorin-Ryu Karate Dojo

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Gan

Gan – Hanshi states in the Green Book, Building Warrior Spirit, Gan is a most important principle. The eyes are not fixed on a single point of focus, but rather seeing all and perceiving all. The gaze is relaxed with eyes slightly narrowed with no expression. The other senses are also employed to sense your opponent.

Do not roll your eyes

Do not look down or up, but keep your gaze level with your surroundings

Do not close your eyes

Nature provides many examples of martial arts precepts. The photo below is striking in that the precept of Gan is fully employed. Note how the gaze is relaxed, but the body is fully in action. Read more about this in the Green Book.

Domo Arigato,

Sensei Marchetti