Sunday, 27 August 2017

慈恩 (JION)

Today, by request, I have summarised Jion, which needless to say is one of the `Sentei-gata`: sometimes referred to as `The Big Four` outside Japan. It is the final kata amongst Funakoshi Gichin Sensei`s system that he outlined in the classic `Karatedo Kyohon`. I hope this summary is useful for those wishing to precisely decipher the 47 movements of this very important Shotokan-Ryu Kata. Osu, Andre


慈恩 (JION)
·         Rei (Musubi dachi)

·         Yoi (Sasho uken shita ago mae, Heisoku dachi)



1.      Migi chudan uchi uke/Hidari gedan uke (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


2.      Ryo ken chudan kakiwake uke (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


3.      Migi chudan mae geri keage (Hidari ashi dachi)


4.      Uken chudan zuki (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


5.      Saken chudan zuki (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


6.      Uken chudan zuki (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


7.      Ryo ken chudan kakiwake uke (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


8.      Hidari chudan mae geri keage (Migi ashi dachi)


9.      Saken chudan zuki (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


10.  Uken chudan zuki (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


11.  Saken chudan zuki (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


12.  Hidari jodan age uke (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


13.  Migi chudan gyaku zuki (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


14.  Migi jodan age uke (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


15.  Hidari chudan gyaku zuki (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


16.  Hidari jodan age uke (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


17.  Migi chudan jun zuki (Migi zenkutsu dachi) “EI!”


18.    Migi sokumen jodan uchi uke/Hidari sokumen gedan uke (Migi kokutsu dachi): note – for this movement, and movements 20, 26 and 28, the open hand wind up is extremely large scale.


19.  Uken kagi zuki (Hidari e yori ashi—Kiba dachi)


20.  Hidari sokumen jodan uchi uke/Migi sokumen gedan uke (Hidari kokutsu dachi)


21.  Saken kagi zuki (Migi e yori ashi—Kiba dachi)


22.  Hidari gedan barai (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


23.  Migi teisho migi sokumen chudan yoko uke (Kiba dachi)


24.  Hidari teisho hidari sokumen chudan yoko uke (Kiba dachi)


25.  Migi teisho migi sokumen chudan yoko uke (Kiba dachi)


26.  Migi sokumen jodan uchi uke/Hidari sokumen gedan uke (Migi kokutsu dachi)


27.  Hidari sokumen jodan morote uke (Heisoku dachi)


28.  Hidari sokumen jodan uchi uke/Migi sokumen gedan uke (Hidari kokutsu dachi)


29.  Migi sokumen jodan morote uke (Heisoku dachi)


30.  Ryo ken ryogawa gedan kakiwake (Heisoku dachi)

31.  Gedan kosa uke (Migi ashi mae kosa dachi)


32.  Ryo ken ryogawa gedan kakiwake (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


33.  Ryo ken chudan kakiwake uke (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


34.  Ryo ken jodan kosa uke (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


35.  Migi uraken jodan uchi (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


36.  Saken chudan tsuki uke/Uken migi kata ue kamae (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


37.  Migi uraken jodan uchi/Hidari zenwan mune mae suihei kamae (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


38.  Hidari chudan uchi uke (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


39.  Migi chudan jun zuki (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


40.  Migi chudan uchi uke (Migi zenkutsu dachi)


41.  Hidari chudan jun zuki (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


42.  Hidari gedan barai (Hidari zenkutsu dachi)


43.  Migi zenwan migi sokumen chudan uchi otoshi (Migi ashi fumikomi—Kiba dachi): note – for movements 43, 44 and 45, the shoulder and hip is kept back until the execution of fumikomi; furthermore, the arm executing chudan otoshi is vertical and straight


44.  Hidari zenwan hidari sokumen chudan uchi otoshi (Hidari ashi fumikomi—Kiba dachi)


45.  Migi zenwan migi sokumen chudan uchi otoshi (Migi ashi fumikomi—Kiba dachi)


46.    Saken hidari sokumen chudan zuki/Uken migi chichi mae (Hidari e yori ashi—Kiba dachi): note – the tsukami uke prior to both sokumen zuki, movements 46 & 47, is `chudan’


47.  Uken migi sokumen chudan zuki/Saken hidari chichi mae (Migi e yori ashi—Kiba dachi) “EI!”




·         Naore: (Sasho uken shita ago mae, Heisoku dachi)

·         Rei (Musubi dachi)
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).

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