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Karate Terms

Kara in Japanese  means “empty” and te means “hand”. The martial art of “empty-hand” or karate suggests that, while training, the karateka (i.e a student of karate) is not holding anything in his/her hands, especially a weapon.


Numbers

Ichi...one

Ni..two

San...three

Shi...four

Go...five

Roku...six

S'hichi...seven

Hachi...eight

Kyu...nine

Ju...ten


Commands

Eeyea...no

Hai...yes

Hajime...begin

Henka suru...change/switch

Kiai...shout

Kime...focus

Kio-tzuke...attention

Kiritsu...stand at attention

Mawate...turn around

Narabu...line-up

Rei...bow

Yame...stop

Yoi/kemae...ready position

Seiza...sit/kneel


Body Relations

Jodan...head

Chudan...mid body

Gedan...low body

Migi...right side

Hidari...left side

Hanmi...half facing

Maii...distance


Sparring

Kumite...sparring

Gohon kumite....five step sparring

Ippon kumite...one point sparring

Jiyu kumite...free sparring

Sanbon kumite...three step sparring


Blocks

Uke...block

Age uke...upper block

Harai or Gedan uke...lower block

Soto uke...outside to inside block

Ude uke...outside to inside block

Shuto uke...knife hand block

Juji uke…”X” block

Morote uke...two arm block


Punches/Strikes

Tsuki...punch

Uchi...strike

Gyaku Tsuki...reverse punch

Seiken Tsuki...forefist punch

Oi Tsuki...straight punch 

Age Tsuki...rising punch Tettsui...bottom fist/hammer strike

Nuki te...spear hand strike 

Haito uke...ridge hand strike

Hiji ate...elbow strike

Kugi Tsuki...hook punch

Uraken uchi...back knuckle strike   


Kicks

Geri...kick

Mai geri...front snap kick

Yoko geri...side kick

Mawashi geri...roundhouse kick

Mawate geri...turn around kick

Mikazuki geri...crescent kick

Fumikomi geri...stamp kick

Nidan geri...two level kick

Tobi geri...flying kick


Expressions of Respect/Courtesy

Arigoto Gozaimasta...Thank you 

Gomen nasai....excuse me

Shinzen ni rei...bow to the dojo

Sensei ni rei...bow to the instructor

Onegaishimasu...please

Otagai ni rei...bow to each other

Mokuso...meditate

Seiza...kneel/sit


General Karate Terms

Dan...Black belt grade

Dojo...training hall

Gi...uniform

Kamai...fists up and ready to defend 

Karate...empty hand

Karate-do...the way of the empty hand

Karateka...student of karate

Kata...formal exercise

Kihon...basic technique

Kohai...junior (lower level)

Kyu...colour belt

Makiware...punching board

Obi...Belt

Pinan...Peaceful and safe

Sempei...senior

Sensei...teacher

Shihan...master

Shizen...focal point of the dojo


Stances

Dachi...stance

Heisoku dachi...feet shoulder width apart, toes straight out

Musubi dachi...attention stance with feet at 45

Hachiji dachi...open leg stance

Zenkutsu dachi...forward stance

Kokutsu dachi...back stance

Neko ashi dachi...cat stance

Chui dachi...attention stance

Shiko dachi...square stance

Kiba dachi...horse stance

Kosa dachi...crossed leg stance

Ayumi dachi...natural stance

Sanchin dachi...tension stance

Naihanchi dachi...tension stance

Jiyu dachi...free sparring/fighting stance  


Levels

Shodan...First degree

Nidan...Second degree

Sandan...Third degree

Yondan...Fourth degree

Godan...Fifth degree

Rokudan...Sixth degree

Nanadan...Seventh degree

Hachidan...Eighth degree

Kudan...Ninth degree

Jundan...Tenth degree

 
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The Seijitsu Karate Club Guidelines

1) Arrive 10-15 minutes early to class: We have a lot to prepare for before each and every class. Make sure you arrive early to give yourself enough time to get on the mat.
2) No jewelry or beauty accessories on the mat: These can seriously injure someone. Please make sure to take off everything besides what is required.
3) No fighting or horse-playing on the mat: The studio is for serious training only.

 

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