Like data is available
concerning the history of the kata. Ji'in (translated: "love of
truth") likely originates from the Tomari-te school.(1) Gichin
Funakoshi did not teach this kata extensively, and it is less important
than the other two in this group to Shotokan. However, it remains important
for the execution of many simultaneous techniques and the often-repeated
stances, enabling swift changes of direction while maintaining balance,
power and steps of equal length. It has, however, been removed from
the Japan Karate Association teaching and grading syllabus.
Ji, just like in Jion, means Universal Love, tender, gentle, and loving
In means shadow, shade, or backing assistance. (2) Giving the impression
of receiving mercy rather than giving it as in Jion, Jiin might mean
"Place of Mercy." or In the Shadow of Kindness. There are
probably better ways to translate this, however. Probably another overused
name for temples scattered all over Japan.