Sensei Scott has spent time studying the kata Jion, and we’ll make that our summer 2013 new kata. We’ll learn the kata this week, and also continue our clinch striking drills.

On Youtube, you can find a few Wado versions, and it is also worthwhile to study Shotokan and Shitoryu versions too, for the subtle differences between the movements, stance, and focus points. Here is a good version to study:

The origin of the kata is debated, but may link to a the Jion-ji temple. Here is the Wikipedia citation: