Current Kata for Saturday Classes: Jiin

JiinWe are now studying Jiin (慈陰) in our Saturday classes.

You can see a very good example of JKA’s Ogura Sensei doing the kata here.

Quite similar to last month’s kata, Jion, Jitte features relatively basic techniques and stepping patterns. In fact, it is believed that the reason it was dropped from the official JKA curriculum is because this kata offers nothing not found in any other kata. But Silicon Valley Shotokan Karate has decided to continue the tradition of working on this kata in our monthly cycles, as we have been doing since January, 1999.

Even if we’re beyond the kata you’re practicing, it’s great to begin to learn how techniques can be combined, and the practice in applying techniques is indispensable.

See you Saturday!


At SVSK our Saturday morning kata classes focus on one kata at a time. We typically spend four Saturdays on each kata:

Week 1: Overview/review of the kata
Week 2: Fine points of the techniques and the kata
Week 3: Hands-on practice to understand applications (bunkai)
Week 4: Variations in the kata