JIIN

   Jiin is not a JKA kata. Often paired with Wankan because both were excluded from Masatoshi Nakayama's Best Karate volumes, these kata are quite unpopular and rarely, if ever, practiced. Jiin can be interpreted as "Love and Shadow," with some preferring the translation of "Temple Grounds." Gichin Funakoshi named the kata Shokyo which translates as "Pine Shadow," but this name was never adopted by his students. Having many similarities to Jion, Jiin is most likely another kata inspired by the teachings of a Buddhist temple in China. Jiin is sometimes grouped with Jion and Jitte, since all three use similar techniques, and all three begin in the "Ming salutation" posture (palm over fist). Jiin is a fairly plain, no frills kata, not offering much in the way of new techniques. Its primary technique is the kosa-uke (uchi-uke/gedan-uke), similar to the one found at the beginning of Jion, except in Jiin, gedan-uke (rather than uchi-uke) hovers over the front leg.
   Jiin contains two uncharacteristic features for a Shotokan kata. First, jodan is the target for move #34; traditional straight punches to jodan do not exist in JKA Shotokan kata. Second, in order to finish on the starting point, the karateka must pull in the left leg, an action not in accordance with JKA kata procedure. If the practitioner pulls in the right leg, as is normally the case when finishing in kiba-dachi, the starting point won't be reached. Perhaps for these reasons, it was decided to remove Jiin from the JKA syllabus, leaving 25 kata instead of 26. Of course, one should know that starting and finishing on the same spot in kata training is a relatively new concept implemented to standardize the judging of kata for competition.
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Technique
Translation
Stance
Target
Notes
1
uchi-uke /
gedan uke (kosa-uke)
inside block /
down block (crossing block)
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan
gedan

2
uchi-uke /
gedan uke (manji-uke)
inside block /
down block (swirling block)
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
gedan

3
uchi-uke /
gedan uke (manji-uke)
inside block /
down block (swirling block)
kokutsu-dachi
jodan
gedan

4
age-uke

rising block
zenkutsu-dachi
jodan

5
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

6
age-uke

rising block
zenkutsu-dachi
jodan

7
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

8
gedan-barai

down block
zenkutsu-dachi
gedan

9
shuto-soto-mawashi-uchi

outside knife-hand strike
kiba-dachi
jodan

10
shuto-soto-mawashi-uchi

outside knife-hand strike
kiba-dachi
jodan

11*
shuto-soto-mawashi-uchi

outside knife-hand strike
kiba-dachi
jodan

12
ryoken-kakiwake-uke

both fists wedge block
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan
slow speed
13
mae-geri

front kick
ashi-dachi
chudan

14
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

15
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

16
uchi-uke /
gedan uke (kosa-uke)
inside block /
down block (crossing block)
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan
gedan

17
ryoken-kakiwake-uke

both fists wedge block
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan
slow speed
18
mae-geri

front kick
ashi-dachi
chudan

19
oi-zuki

lunge punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

20
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

21
uchi-uke /
gedan uke (kosa-uke)
inside block /
down block (crossing block)
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan
gedan

22
kentsui-uchi-mawashi-uchi

inside hammer-fist strike
kiba-dachi
chudan

23
kentsui-uchi-mawashi-uchi

inside hammer-fist strike
kiba-dachi
chudan

24
kentsui-uchi-mawashi-uchi

inside hammer-fist strike
kiba-dachi
chudan

25
tate-shuto-uke

vertical knife-hand block
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan
slow speed
26
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

27
tsuki
(oi-zuki)
punch
(lunge punch)
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

28
mae-geri

front kick
ashi-dachi
chudan

29
gyaku-zuki

reverse punch
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan

30
uchi-uke /
gedan uke (kosa-uke)
inside block /
down block (crossing block)
zenkutsu-dachi
chudan
gedan

31
uchi-uke /
gedan uke (kosa-uke)
inside block /
down block (crossing block)
kiba-dachi
chudan
gedan

32
gedan-uke

down block
kiba-dachi
gedan
slow variation
33
ryoken-kakiwake-uke

both fists wedge block
kiba-dachi
chudan
slow speed
34
tsuki
(choku-zuki)
punch
(straight punch)
kiba-dachi
jodan
chudan variation
35*
tsuki
(choku-zuki)
punch
(straight punch)
kiba-dachi
chudan
naore variation