Goshin Jutsu Junte Dori

junte dori is the first technique you learn and here's why

Junte Dori is perhaps not the most common attack, but it's the first you'll learn. Why? That's a good question and we need to keep asking ourselves why.

Like Yokoyama Kancho said: "You don't want to be a slave of tradition". 

So is it tradition? Or is there a clear reason?


As part of any curriculum, the step by step teachings have to start fundamentally. 

  • strong vs weak
  • body instead of arm
  • control by sensitivity

This is why we teach Junte Dori first.

Mune Dori for example, lacks sensitivity because you're Karategi is grabbed instead of your wrist. The strong and weak line in Mune Dori lie outside your body and this relies less on feeling and sensitivity.

Finally, in Junte Dori you use your body directly as you hand needs to break free. That is opposite from Mune Dori, where you have to break his hand free.

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From junte dori to hiji kudaki

Junte Dori

Allow your opponent to grab your wrist. This form is called Junte Dori.

Oyayubi Osae

Move your body slightly to the right to the outside of the opponent as you raise your hand. Note that your elbow should point down: It's  naturally stronger.

Grab his wrist at the same time and make sure to manipulate your opponents posture. It will be more difficult for your opponent to attack and easier for you to continue.

HIji Kudaki

Apply a wrist lock with your left hand as you grab his wrist with your right hand at the same time as you step in.

Hiji Kudaki

Lock his wrist and elbow completely.

Note my stance: Bent knees to drop my hips, leaning with my upper body to allow for maximum control, pressure and use of my own body weight.

You know you got it right when you ask your opponent to try to get out (do that gently though - you don't want unnecessary injuries).

teaching in the dojo 2017

Here's the video matching the above screenshots.

ishikawa sensei romania 2007

I first learned this technique in 2007 when I went to Romania together with Ishikawa Sensei.

junte dori is the fundament of tehodoki

how to break free when someone grabs your wrist

Here's my favorite Junte Dori. You'll learn what is Tehodoki, how to do it and position yourself accordingly. 

from junte dori to kote gaeshi

how to apply kote gaeshi without resistance from your opponent

The instant you grab the opponent he naturally starts to resist. This makes it very difficult to apply Kote Gaeshi. There are various ways to counter or avoid resistance from your opponent. 

Two ways are applied in one Kumite in the video.

from junte dori to ude garami

how to apply kote gaeshi without resistance from your opponent


junte dori to shiho nage

Nukite from pinan sandan can be seen as junte dori

You can argue about the fine line between Bunkai and Ohyo - but to me it's Ohyo. (Bunkai can be Ohyo but Ohyo is not necessarily Bunkai)

This application from Pinan Sandan focusses on Tenshin - the main principle from Pinan Sandan. This movement is different from the Kata though, as you focus mainly on axis rotation and move directly to the outside of the opponent.

Junte Dori Shiho Nage

shiho nage only works if you apply continu pressure

If you're just a second off, your oponnent has a chance to escape. 

Let's be real, it's difficult to pull off in reality so you better make sure that it works in the Dojo...

Shiho Nage is a tricky one as you have to control your opponent for quite a long time during movement - something we are not too accustomed to in Karate. 

I'll let you in on the tips and tricks in the video.


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