Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pardon my rust #4

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Today’s kata video is Jion, an intermediate to advanced-level Shotokan karate kata that one typically learns during their second to third year of diligent training.

I’ve read that Jion is thought to be of Chinese origin and that it’s a word from Buddhist scripts. Another idea suggests that it was named after the temple Jion where monks had practiced martial arts and later it was passed from China to Japan.

Although the kata is composed of primarily basic stances and techniques, it’s quite difficult to perform properly and there is little room for error or variation. It contains big, bold techniques in the basic core stances with prominent use of northeast and southwest directions.

My trained eye reveals many performance deficiencies in my exhibition, particularly when viewing the video frame by frame in slow motion. I’ll be working to polish things up in the weeks ahead. Here’s the video (that's a toothpick falling off my ear at 0:29 into the video in case you're wondering):

Thanks for viewing pardon my rust #4.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

1 comment:

fishhead said...

Ewwwww. You keep a toothpick behind your ear??? You need to put some chewing gum back there to stick the toothpick to so that the toothpick can't fall out. Geesh! :)