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Karate Vocabulary

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Budo

Martial arts

Bunkai

Technical application

Chudan

Middle

Dan

Grade

Dachi

Stance

Do

(The) way

Dojo

School or training hall

Geiko

Practice

Gedan

Downward

Geri

Kick

Gi

Uniform

Goju

Hard and Soft (style of Karate)

Hajime

Begin

Hiji

Elbow

Ippon

One point

Isshin-Ryu

School of one heart

Jiyu Kumite

Free style sparring

Jodan

Upward

Joseki

Seat of honor

Kamae

On-guard position

Karate

Empty hand

Karate-ka

Karate student

Kata

Form

Kiai

Coordination of strength

Kime

Focus

Kotekitai

Arm strengthening exercise

Kiotsuke

Attention

Kyu

Class (as in level)

Mae

Front

Makiwara

Punching mat or board

Mizu Gami

Water Goddess

Mokuso

Meditation

Mudansha

Below black belt

Nukite

Fingertips

Obi

Belt

Rei

Bow

Ryu

School or system

Sensei

Teacher

Shihan

Master (normally 5th Dan and up)

Shiai

Contest

Shorin

Pine forest (style of karate)

Shuto

Knife hand

Sinbon

Referee

Soke

First Master

Te

Hand

Tegata

Open hand

Tsuki

Punch

Waza

Technique

Wazari

Half point

Uchi

Strike

Uke

Block

Yamae

Stop

Yoko

Side

Yudansha

Black belt holder

Yusume

At ease

 

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