jion is required for 2nd dan, and used to be allowed as a choice for 1st dan before the requirement was changed (within the KUGB) to be exclusively bassai dai. of the five '1st dan' kata, bassai dai and kanku dai are perhaps the most important for the shotokan style; empi is intricate and athletic, and hangetsu stands apart as an exercise in breathing and core control. jion covers the middle ground in that it is a longer kata which requires both strength and skill, but it is built on basic stances and techniques that are familiar for the most part. it is an energetic kata and contains combinations of moves that must be dynamic, but also some opportunities to demonstrate zanshin.

when performing jion, a majority of moves involve both hands working (rather than just a single hand with hikite), synchronisation will lend the kata a much sharper performance. critical throughout the kata, and particularly for double-handed techniques, is the correct preparation using both positioning and rotation. pay particular attention to new moves, such as the teisho and the otoshi empi, that have specific loci. the slow movements at the end of the kata often suffer with issues of stability and flow, and care should be taken to ensure correct form.

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