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Simple Terminology

Simple Japanese / English terminology used within the Shuri Karate Dojo

  • Arigato - Thank you
  • Budo - Martial Arts
  • Chudan - Middle level of the body
  • Dachi / Tachi - Stances
  • Dan - Black belt level
  • Dō itashimashite - You are welcome
  • Dojo - Training Place
  • Gedan - Lower area of the body
  • Hai - Yes
  • Haisai - General greeting / Hello
  • Hajime - Begin
  • Hanshi - Senior Master
  • Hidari - Left
  • Jodan - Upper level of the body
  • Karate - Empty Hand
  • Karate-Ka - Karate student
  • Karate-Gi - Karate uniform
  • Kata - Forms
  • Keiko - Practice
  • Keri / Geri - Kicks
  • Kihon - Basic
  • Kiotsuke - Attention
  • Kohai - Junior
  • Kyoshi - Master level teacher
  • Kyu - Below black belt level
  • Migi - Right
  • Mo-ichido - One again
  • Mokuso - Meditation
  • Mokuso Yame - Stop Meditation
  • Obi - Belt
  • Rei - Bow
  • Ryu - Style/School
  • Seiza - Formal Siting
  • Sempai - Senior (student)
  • Sensei - Instructor / teacher
  • Shihan - Senior Teacher
  • Tsuki / Zuki - Punches
  • Uchi - Strikes
  • Uke - Receiving (Blocks)
  • Waza - Technique
  • Yame - Stop
  • Yoi - Ready

Numbers

  • Ichi - 1
  • Ni - 2
  • San - 3
  • Shi / Yon - 4
  • Go - 5
  • Roku - 6
  • Shichi / Nana - 7
  • Hachi - 8
  • Kyu - 9
  • Ju - 10

 

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