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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Kaiten shinagara migi gedan-barai migi zenkutsu-dachi. Many of the Asai-Ryu Kata aren’t “shotokan-ised” and are used as a training aid to compliment Shotokan Kata. Drive forward into migi zenkutsu-dachi with hidari chudan gyaku-zuki.

André Bertel’s Karate-Do: 順路初段 (Junro Shodan)

Advance with the left foot tsugi-ashi then pivoting degrees on the left heel move into hidari kokutsu-dachi with migi chudan uchi-uke. Turn 90 degrees clockwise and make migi gedan-barai facing ura shomen in migi zenkutsu-dachi. 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. The main theme is: We also use transition techniques to allow us to repeat what we did on our left side with our right side.

Pull back the lead foot into migi ashi mae neko ashi dachi with migi chudan soto-uke.

Turn degrees into hidari kokutsu-dachi with migi jodan-barai. 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.

Some have attempted to ‘stylistically’ imitate the Junro; however, this is again pointless, as it misses their application for actual fighting.


Basically if you’re not relaxed you cannot reuse the same hand effectively. This point transcends Junro and is one of the core aspects that separates sports karate and the bujutsu martial arts karate of the past.

Hope you all enjoy reading! Bunbu Suodan 1 June at So continuing with the Kata, we turn gedan berai to the front, recoil into neko ashi dachi same hand uchi-uke then return into front stance gyaku-zuki.

Craig 7 August at Posted by Andre Bertel at Monday, November 13, Craig 1 June at Wednesday, 1 June Junro Shodan: Pull back the lead leg forming migi ashi mae jundo ashi dachi with migi jodan age-uke. Selby Karateka 1 June at He didn’t design them for the sake of it. Just like basic kata, whatever we do on the left side we do on the right side and repeat. Junrl, ‘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 Sensei’s karate and is found throughout the Junro, Joko and Koten-gata. 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. Tsukiwaza in kihon, kata and yakusoku kumite keeps the heel down and foot flat, but in freestyle practice, the heel drives then lifts.

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! Posted by Craig at The 40 movements of this kata, done in the way ‘they were originally designed’, result in a catapulted progression. Repeat movements on the opposite side.


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

This is a critical understanding in Karate. What is your fav and why? Hsodan 3 June at So, in other words, the Junro Kata’s compliment our syllabus Kata. Drive forward into hidari zenkutsu-dachi with migi chudan gyaku-zuki. Oita City, Japan Advance into hidari zenkutsu-dachi with hidari chudan nobashi-zuki.

Asai Kata – Junro Shodan

Junro means “the next step” or to “level up. The same goes for other Asai-Ryu Kata. Also, it has brought to my attention balance issues in neko ashi dachi. Newer Post Older Post Home. Un-weighting the lead leg to transfer weight and timing of techniques in relation to this: More thoughts on Asai kata please. Drop down moving the left leg outward to form kiba-dachi and execute hidari sokumen gedan-barai. Towards the end of the Kata we use open hand techniques, which, shodxn, we don’t usually see until advanced level Kata’s.

This was my first taste of Asai-Ryu Kata! 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.

Pull the lead foot back into hidari ashi mae neko ashi dachi Hidari chudan uchi-uke. They are to improve deficiencies we have and to focus on particular techniques etc.