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Dr. Richard Fields, Allegheny College Class of 1969, will present a workshop on Sanchin Kata on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm in the Montgomery Performance Space. Kata (form) are the basis for the dissemination of information in all martial arts. Each was designed to contain the fighting techniques of the master that originated it. At the root of these katas is the deceptively simple kata of Sanchin (the Three Battles). Participants will explore the pattern of the kata (embusen) and practice the breathing. We will demonstrate how the correctness of the posture and muscle tension are tested by the teacher (sensei) through Shime. Sanchin is a kata that can be learned in an hour but not mastered in a lifetime. Wear a Gi if you have one.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Please email danceall@allegheny.edu or call (814) 332-2813 to reserve a space.

About Dr. Fields
Dr. Richard Fields graduated from Allegheny College in 1969 with a major in Pre-Med Chemistry. He began his study of Asian martial arts in 1974. His career in medicine included serving as Chief of Surgery and later as Director of Emergency Medicine and EMS medical director for 30 years. While working in medicine he also pursued studies in Matsubayashi forms as well as Shorei-Goju with Hanshi Thomas Pisut, who died in 2016.