Today’s Junro Shodan, performed by JKS members at today’s JKS Open championship Well done one and all. Oss. Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available. Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video.

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Sadly, ‘Shotokanization’ of this kata for competitions and, indeed, the other kata from my late Senseihave largely invalidated their ‘purpose of design’. Tenshin is an essential aspect of Asai Shodab karate and is found throughout the Junro, Joko and Koten-gata.

Pull back the lead foot into migi ashi mae neko ashi dachi with migi chudan soto-uke. What is your fav and why?

Asai Kata – Junro Shodan

Basically if you’re not relaxed you cannot reuse the same hand effectively. And, finally, related to point one and underpinning any optimal use of the body, maximising the kinetic chain for maximum effectiveness. And equal to gravity is ground power. Drive forward into hidari zenkutsu-dachi with migi chudan gyaku-zuki. The points found in Junro Shodan expand to the most advanced Koten-gata and, in turn, boost the understanding of the standard Shotokan-Ryu kata.

The 40 movements of this kata, done in the way ‘they were originally designed’, result in a catapulted progression. Junro Shodan is the 1st of a series of five Kata’s and therefore is a taster of what’s to come in the other 4 Junro’s.


We also use transition techniques to allow us to repeat what we did on our left side with our right side. So, in other words, the Junro Kata’s compliment our syllabus Kata. Drive forward with the lead leg into migi zenkutsu-dachi with hidari chudan gyaku-zuki. Pull back the lead leg forming migi ashi mae neko ashi dachi with migi jodan age-uke. The Junro’s definitley add something to your Karate especially as they all have key themes that can be used to focus on possible weaknesses in our Karate.

I have finally decided to move out of the ‘comfort zone’ and write my views on the JKS, Kata, Kumite, Kihon, in fact anything Karate-related! Kaiten shinagara migi gedan-barai migi zenkutsu-dachi. Repeat movements on the opposite side.

Although I’m far from an an expert on any of the Junro Kata’s but I believe practicing Junro Shodan can help to develop contraction and expansion in the body to create relaxed power and therefore helps us to create the relaxed snapping feeling of our techniques.

Wednesday, 1 June Junro Shodan: Pull back the left foot to heiko-dachi apply hidari sokumen jodan uchi-uke.

Junro Shodan-Godan, performed by Nagaki Shinji, 5 Dan (JKS) – Karateka

Selby Karateka 1 June at Asai Shihan practiced over Kata’s that he mastered and he added five juhro, Junroin addition to the 26 Kata in the standard JKS syllabus.

Pull the lead foot back into hidari ashi mae neko ashi dachi Hidari chudan uchi-uke. Posted by Andre Bertel at Monday, November 13, Being able to move fast in and out of this stance has reaped reward in other Kata’s for me.


Zenshin migi chudan gyaku-zuki. They are to improve deficiencies we junfo and to focus on particular techniques etc.

Junro Shodan (Slow Motion) – JKS Karate Club Swansea, Wales, UK.

Junro means “the next step” or to “level up. The same goes for other Asai-Ryu Kata. Turn 90 degrees to face shomen in hidari zenkutsu-dachi with hidari gedan-barai. So t his is my first ever blog Many of shidan Asai-Ryu Kata aren’t “shotokan-ised” and are used as a training aid to compliment Shotokan Kata.

Today lets consider the objectives of Junro Shodan, followed by an outline Also, it has brought to my attention balance issues in neko ashi dachi.

Just like basic kata, whatever we do on the left side we do on the right side and repeat. Some have attempted to ‘stylistically’ imitate the Junro; however, this is again pointless, as it misses their application for actual fighting. Having to co-ordinate hip and shoulder snap without a ‘natural’ pulling back hikite feeling has made me think more about my technique and feel ‘looser.

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