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Sanchin originates from the Chinese kung-fu forms "San Chiem" or "San Zhan". Example comparisons of the various Chinese and Okinawan versions of the kata, this video shows how each style practises it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWh-uhw4C9s It means (in all of the names and languages) "Three battles". Possibly a shortening of "Three Battle Steps". ...
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