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Jion - "Temple Sound"


Jion is one of the few kata in karate in which block/counter combinations are executed while advancing forward and the movements in the kata hide a strong fighting spirit.

Jion introduces new techniques including:

Embusen

There are two kiai points in Jion:

  1. On the third jodan soto uke (upper level forearm block) at the top of the embusen.
  2. On the very last movement of the kata a chudan yoko tsuki (middle level side punch).

Tempo (speed)

The tempo of the kata demonstrated below has not been changed for filming. Everyone has their own tempo, however, it should remain similar for all forms/variations.

Demonstration of Kata

Demonstration of Kata Variations

Apart from the common "Omote" (front facing), way of performing kata (as shown above), kata can also be performed, "Ura" (opposite), "Go" (defensive) and "Go no Ura" (defensive opposite). Students will be required to be perform kata variations in advanced gradings. Sensei Kase introduced these variations explaining that performing kata ura, go, or go no ura is closer to actual application in real fighting circumstances.

"You alone know what is best for you, everyone else is just guessing".

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