Pinan Nidan

Easy to learn, hard to master

One of my students can pronounce this sentence masterfully and thats why I hear this quite often in my Dojo. I obviously chose this title as it matches Pinan Nidan 100%. It is quite striking that especially kids say "Sensei, I know this Kata". In fact they mean that they have an idea of the direction and the pattern. This shows exactly how people think about Kata. A student that has more experience understands that the stances and the directios are only the early beginning of Kata.

The form of Pinan Nidan is quite simple, the stances look easy and in the beginning the techniques cannot be called complex either. For beginners it is therefore very easy to learn. For the more experienced Karateka, Pinan Nidan is one of the biggest challenges. The techniques and the movement of this Kata are extremely fundamental and large movements. It is therefore virtually impossible to hide your flaws.

Junte

Pinan Nidan contains specifically Junte. Junte is a word from Jujutsu and means that the leg that is in front is equal to the arm being in front. In other words, if you execute Migi Junzuki, using your right arm, you also take a right stance. In the Dutch language this is called equilateral.

The translation of the Kanji is less clear.

順 = Jun = Turn (to take turns), order, obey.
手 = Te = Hand 
順手 = Junte = I have no clue. Of course I can make something up based on the above, but this will not be correct. My sensei always gave me the description about the dynamic of the movement of Junzuki as I did as well. I never got a direct translation of Junte.

Although Google translate is not too reliable, it is striking that 順 cannot be translated. It might be interesting to note though, that if you change the language to Chinese instead of Japanese, the translation is smooth or easy.

This is probably not the original idea to use 順手 in Jujutsu, but it is quite logic if you analyse from human action. Shaking someone's hand, opening a door, this all happens with Junte naturally. It is a smoother and easy way.

0. Yohi
Shizentai

1. Otoshi uke
Mahanmi neko ashi dachi

2. Junzuki
Junzuki dachi

 

3. Gedan barai
Junzuki dachi

4. Otoshi uke
Migi shizentai

5. Junzuki
Junzuki dachi

 

6. Gedan barai
Junzuki dachi

7. Jodan uke
Junzuki dachi

8. Jodan uke
Junzuki dachi

9. Jodan uke
Junzuki dachi

 

10. Gedan barai
Junzuki dachi

11. Junzuki
Junzuki dachi

12. Gedan barai
Junzuki dachi

13. Junzuki
Junzuki dachi

 

14. Gedan barai
Junzuki dachi

15. Junzuki
Junzuki dachi

16. Junzuki
Junzuki dachi

17. Junzuki
Junzuki dachi

 

18a. Transition
this is not a stance

18b. Nukite
Shiko dachi

19a. Transition
this is not a stance

19b. Junzuki
Shiko dachi

 

20a. Transition
this is not a stance

20b. Nukite
Shiko dachi

21a. Transition
this is not a stance

21b. Nukite
Shiko dachi