• Classes: 5-7pm Mon, Wed, Fri
    • U Rec Center - Multi-Purpose Gym #1

    KARATE TERMS

    Many commands given in the dojo are spoken in Japanese to preserve the traditional sprit of the art.  This practice also makes it easier to understand visiting masters that speak little or no english.  Don’t be intimidated, the terms become easy to understand as classes become more familiar.

    General Terms

    Chudan = Middle / stomach level
    Dan = Black belt rank
    Dojo = Training hall
    Gi = Uniform
    Hai = Yes, or an acknowledgement
    Hajime = Begin!
    Hidari = Left
    Ippon Kumite = One step sparring
    Jodan = Head level
    Karatedo = Empty hand way
    Karateka = Karate practitioner
    Kari = Half rank
    Kata = Form
    Kiai = A spirited shout, or yell, for focus
    Kihon = Basics
    Kime = Focus of a technique
    Kizami = Leading side
    Kumite = Sparring
    Kyu = Color belt rank
    Mae = Front.
    Yame = Stop
    Migi = Right
    Obi = Belt
    Ossu = acknowledgement / greeting
    Rei = Bow
    Sanbon Kumite = Three step sparring
    Seiza = Formal sitting posture
    Sempai = Senior student
    Sensei = Teacher
    Shiai = A tournament, or competition
    Yame = Stop
    Zanshin = Continuation of energy / Follow through

    Punching Techniques

    Tsuki/Zuki = Punch
    Gyaku Zuki
    = Reverse Punch
    Kizami Zuki = Jab
    Oi Zuki = Step-in Punch
    Sanbon Zuki = Triple Punch

    Kicking Techniques

    Geri (geh-ree) = Kick
    Mae Geri (my geh-ree) = Front Kick
    Mawashi Geri (muh-wah-shee geh-ree)= Roundhouse Kick
    Yoko Keage (yoh-koh kay-ah-geh)= Side Snap Kick
    Yoko Kekome (yoh-koh kay-koh-mee)= Side Thrust Kick
    Ushiro Geri (ew-shee-roh geh-ree)= Back Thrust Kick

    Blocking Techniques

    Age Uke = Rising/Upper Block
    Gedan Barai = Downward/Sweeping Block
    Shuto Uke = Knife-Hand Block
    Soto Uke = Outside Block
    Uchi Uke = Inside Block
    Uke = Block / Receiver of Attack

    Stances

    Dachi = Stance
    Kiba Dachi = Horse stance
    Kokutsu Dachi = Back stance
    Neko-Ashi Dachi = Cat stance
    Zenkutsu Dachi = Front stance

    Counting Numbers

    Ichi (ee-chee) = One
    Ni (nee) = Two
    San (sahn) = Three
    Shi  (shee) = Four
    Go (goh) = Five
    Roku (roh-koo) = Six
    Shichi (shee-chee) = Seven
    Hachi (hah-chee) = Eight
    Kyu (koo) = Nine
    Ju (joo) = Ten
    Hyaku (hee-ah koo) = one hundred

    Additional Terms

    Atemi Waza = Striking Techniques
    Enpi Uchi = Elbow Strike
    Kansetsu Waza = Joint Locks
    Nukite = Spearhand Strike
    Uchi = Strike
    Ukraken Uchi = Backfist Strike
    Waza = Technique