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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

Japanese English
Ich 1
Ni 2
San 3
Chi 4
Go 5
Rok 6
Sichi 7
Hachi 8
Ku 9
Ju 10
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Character

Japanese English
Teinei courteous
Seicho growth
Yuki courage
Seijitsu sincere
Shojiki honest
Jujun obedient
Kenkyo humble
Nintai perseverance
Meiyo honor
Chujitsu loyal
Jisei self control
Chishiki knowledge
Sonkei respect
Kanzen-sei integrety
Kiritsu discipline
Hokori pride
Shinrai confidence
Yujin friend
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Qualities of Proper Technique

Japanese English
Kinko balance
Shoten focus
Sokudo speed
Chikara power
Ki spirit
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Inspiration

Japanese English
Yume Dream
Ai love
Heiwa peace
Shinjitsu truth
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Dachi

Japanese English
Heisoku dachi attention stance
Zenkutsu dachi forward stance
Kiba dachi horse stance
Neko ashi dachi cat stance
Kokutsu dachi back stance
Sanchin dachi hourglass stance
Seiza kneel
Kamae fighting position
Kosa dachi cross leg stance
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Ranks

Japanese English
Hachikyu white belt
Sichikyu yellow belt
Rokkyu orange belt
Gokyu blue belt
Yonkyu green belt
Sankyu brown belt 3rd°
Nikyu brown belt 2nd°
Ichkyu brown belt 1st°
Shodan black belt 1st°
Nidan black belt 2nd°
Sandan black belt 3rd°
Yondan black belt 4th°
Godan black belt 5th°
Rokdan black belt 6th°
Sichidan black belt 7th°
Hachidan black belt 8th°
Kudan black belt 9th°
Judan black belt 10th°
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General

Japanese English
Karate empty hand
Jiko boei self defense
Tamishawari breaking
Kobudo weapons training
Inuwashi do golden eagle way
Hanshi grandmaster
Shihan master instructor
Sensei instructor
Sempai assistant instructor
Dojo training hall
Gi uniform
Obi belt
Kyu below black belt rank
Dan black belt rank
Kata formal exercise
Kumite sparring
Jiju Kumite free sparring
Ippon Kumite one point sparring
Jodan face
Chudan stomach
Gedan groin
Hajimae begin
Yamea stop
Mokuso meditate
Tsuki punch
Geri kick
Uke block
Dachi stance
Umbruki breathing
Tatami mat
Waza technique
Ukemi break fall
Oi get ready
Ki spirit
Kiai expression of spirit
Rei bow
Mawatte turn around
Supin spin
Hidari left
Migi right
Ashi leg/foot
Te hand
Aka red
Shiro white
Hyoka evaluation/test
Geri oi prepare to kick
Gedan barai oi prepare to strike
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Tsuke/Uke/Uche

Japanese English
Kihon uke basic block
Gedan uke groin block
Jodan uke face block
Uchi uke inside block
Soto uke outside block
Juji uke axe/X block
Sakuru uke circle block
Chikara uke power block
Gedan tsuki groin punch
Chudan tsuki chest/stomach punch
Jodan tsuki face punch
Gyaku tsuki reverse punch
Oi tsuke lunge punch
Mawashi tsuki roundhouse punch
Morote tzuki u punch
Fukki tzuki hook punch
Shuto uche/uke knife hand strike/block
Haito uche ridge hand
Empi uche elbow strike
Uraken uche backfist strike
Supin uraken uche spinning backfist
Taisho uche palm heel strike
Tettsui uche hammerfist strike
Nukite spearhand thrust
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Geri

Japanese English
Kin geri groin kick
Kensetsu geri knee kick
Mae geri front snap kick
Yoko geri side kick
Mawashi geri roundhouse kick
Ushiro geri back kick
Mikazuki geri crescent kick
Mae tobi geri flying front snap kick
Yoko tobi geri flying side kick
Ura mawashi geri hook kick
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