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Throughout our training Japanese terminology is used extensively. Our vocabulary includes numbers, targets, techniques, titles, etc. As your training progresses these words will become second nature.

To assist you in learning the many words used in our class we have setup a deck of electronic flashcards. Click here to use them.

Numbers

  Ich (eech) 1  
  Ni (ne) 2  
  San (san) 3  
  Chi (chee) 4  
  Go (go) 5  
  Rok (roke) 6  
  Sichi (seech) 7  
  Hachi (hach) 8  
  Ku (koo) 9  
  Ju (joo) 10  

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General

  Karate (ka-ra-tay) empty hand  
  Inuwashido (ee-noo-wa-shee-doe) golden eagle way  
  Shihan (she-han) master instructor  
  Sensei (sen-say) instructor  
  Sempai (sem-pie) assistant instructor  
  Dojo (doe-joe) training hall  
  Gi (gee) uniform  
  Obi (o-bee) belt  
  Kyu (q) below black belt rank  
  Dan (dan) black belt rank  
  Kata (ka-ta) formal exercise  
  Kumite (koo-mie-tay) sparring  
  Jiju Kumite (jee-joo koo-mie-tay) free sparring  
  Ippon Kumite (e-pone koo-mie-tay) one point sparring  
  Jodan (jaw-dan) face  
  Chudan (chee-dan) stomach  
  Gedan (gee-dan) groin  
  Hajimae (haj-ee-may) begin  
  Yamea (ya-may) stop  
  Mokuso (moe-koo-soe) meditate  
  Tsuki (zoo-ki) punch  
  Geri (get-tee) kick  
  Uke (oo-kay) block  
  Dachi (da-chee) stance  
  Umbruki (oom-broo-key) breathing  
  Tatami (ta-ta-mee) mat  
  Waza (wa-za) technique  
  Jiko boei (jee-koe bo-ay) self defense  
  Tamishawari (ta-ma-sha-wa-ree) breaking  
  Ukemi (oo-kee-mee) break fall  
  Oi (oy) get ready  
  Ki (kee) spirit  
  Kiai (kee-i) expression of spirit  
  Rei (ray) bow  
  Mawatte (ma-wa-tay) turn around  
  Supin (sue-peen) spin  
  Hidari (hee-da-ree) left  
  Migi (mee-gee) right  
  Ashi (a-shee) leg/foot  
  Te (tay) hand  
  Aka (a-ka) red  
  Shiro (shir-oe) white  

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Qualities of Proper Technique

  Kinko (keen-koe) balance  
  Shoten (sho-ten) focus  
  Sokudo (soe-koo-doe) speed  
  Chikara (chee-ka-ra) power  
  Ki (kee) spirit  

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Tsuke/Uke/Uche

  Kihon uke (kee-ohn) basic block  
  Gedan uke (gee-dan oo-kay) groin block  
  Jodan uke (jaw-dan oo-kay) face block  
  Uchi uke (oo-chee oo-kay) inside block  
  Soto uke (soe-toe oo-kay) outside block  
  Juji uke (joo-jee oo-kay) axe/X block  
  Sakuru uke (sa-koo-roo oo-kay) circle block  
  Chikara uke (chi-ka-ra oo-kay) power block  
  Gedan tsuki (ge-dan zoo-ki) groin punch  
  Chudan tsuki (choo-dan zoo-ki) chest/stomach punch  
  Jodan tsuki (jaw-dan zoo-ki) face punch  
  Gyaku tsuki (ya-koo zoo-ki) reverse punch  
  Oi tsuke (oy zoo-ki ) lunge punch  
  Mawashi tsuki (ma-wa-shee zoo-ki) roundhouse punch  
  Morote tzuki (moe-roe-tay zoo-ki) u punch  
  Shuto uche/uke (shoo-toe ooch/oo-kay) knife hand strike/block  
  Haito uche (hi-toe ooch) ridge hand  
  Empi uche (em-pee ooch) elbow strike  
  Uraken uche (oo-ra-ken ooch) backfist strike  
  Supin uraken uche (soo-peen oo-ra-ken ooch) spinning backfist  
  Taisho uche (tie-shoe ooch) palm heel strike  
  Tettsui uche (tet-zoo-ee ooch) hammerfist strike  
  Nukite (noo-kee-tay) spearhand thrust  

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Geri

  Kin geri (keen get-tee) groin kick  
  Kensetsu geri (ken-set-zoo get-tee) knee kick  
  Mae geri (mie-a get-tee) front snap kick  
  Yoko geri (yoe-koe get-tee) side kick  
  Mawashi geri (ma-wa-shee get-tee) roundhouse kick  
  Ushiro geri (yoo-shir-oe get-tee) back kick  
  Mikazuki geri (mee-ka-zoo-kee get-tee) crescent kick  
  Mae tobi geri (mie-a toe-bee get-tee) flying front snap kick  
  Yoko tobi geri (yoe-koe toe-bee get-tee) flying side kick  
  Ura mawashi geri (ura ma-wa-shee get-tee) hook kick  

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Dachi

  Heisoku dachi (hi-so-koo da-chee) attention stance  
  Zenkutsu dachi (zeng-koo-zoo da-chee) forward stance  
  Kiba dachi (kee-ba da-chee) horse stance  
  Neko ashi dachi (nee-koe a-shee da-chee) cat stance  
  Kokutsu dachi (koe-koo-zoo da-chee) back stance  
  Sanchin dachi (san-shin da-chee) hourglass stance  
  Seiza (sie-za) kneel  
  Kamae (ka-may) fighting position  

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Character

  Reigi (rey-gee) courtesy  
  Seiiku (say-ee-koo) growth  
  Yuki (yoo=kee) courage  
  Magokoro (ma-go-koe-roe) sincerety  
  Seii (say-ee) honesty  
  Fukujo (foo-koo-joe) obedience  
  Kenkyo (ken-kyoe) humility  
  Nintai (nin-tie) perseverance  
  Meuyo (me-oo-yoo) honor  
  Chugi (choo-gee) loyalty  
  Jiko seigyo (jee-koe say-g-yo) self control  
  Chishiki (chee-shee-kee) knowledge  
  Sonkei (soen-kay) respect  
  Seigo sei (say-go say) integrety  
  Kiritsu (kir-ee-zoo) discipline  

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