History of Jion kata
History of kata
This kata is thought to be of Chinese origin. Jion starts with the left hand covering the right fist, and it’s looks that have roots in Chinese boxing. Master Itosu was responsible for the transformation from Tomari-te style of Okinawan karate, around 1870. Word “Jion” goes back to the Buddhist temple of Jion-Ji. That was a Shaolin monastery, where monks practiced karate and martial arts. Even the starting position of kata is same as greeting position of Shaolin monks. Later, they spread to the Tomari region(Jutte and Jiin are also related from same area of Okinawa) . There is also one story, that Jion was simply developed by someone with a connection to the temple. Both stories are unconfirmed and probably we will never find out the truth. The original name Jion-Ji mean “temple sound”. This kata is practiced in the Shotokan and Wado-Ryu styles.
Jion is the simplest of the Sentei kata and is comprised mostly of pieces from Heian and Tekki kata. It has 47 counts which take around 60 seconds to complete at high speed. It contains some of the most basic movements that Shotokan has to offer. The rhythm is not always the same. There are fast and slow. Especially when you are standing and preparing for the next movement. Do not go too fast. Take the time to prepare your mind and breath, then continue to perform the kata, however never, at any time, allow your concentration and mind to weaken. This kata is often used for black belt testing because of its nature and the fact that a student must have good Kihon Waza to make the Kata run smoothly and with power.
Jion is very important kata to practice to ground yourself in basic movement and principles before they move to more advance katas.
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