Karate Shotokan Terminology

Japonese to English

SENSEI
TEACHER
BARAI
SWEEPING
SEMPAI
SENIOR
RENRAKU
COMBINATION
DOJO
TRAINING HALL
WAZA
WAY/TECHNIQUE
REI
BOW
ARUKU
FULL STEP
… NI REI
BOW TO…
SURIKOMI
HALF STEP
SEIZA
KNEEL
ZANSHIN
FOCUS
KIRITSU
STAND
MOHKSO
MEDITATION
HADJIME
START
CHUSOKO
BALL OF FOOT
YAME
STOP
HAISOKU
INSTEP
YASME
RELAX
IPPON
SINGLE (POINT)
JODAN
UPPER LEVEL
NIHON
DOUBLE (POINT)
CHUDAN
MID LEVEL
JIYU
FREESTYLE
GEDAN
LOWER LEVEL
KUMITE
FIGHTING
MAWATTE
TURN
MAWASHI
(A)ROUND
MARUI
ROUND THE BACK
CHOKU
DIRECT
HIDARI
LEFT
SAKOTSU
DESCENDING
MIGI
RIGHT
KEAGE
RISING
GYAKU
BACK/REVERSE
KEKOME
THRUSTING
KIAI
SHOUT
FUMIKOMI
STAMPING
DACHI ¦ STANCE
YOI
READY
NEKO ASHI
CAT FOOT
MASUBI
OPEN TOED
KOKUTSU
BACK LEANING
ZENKUTSU
FRONT LEANING
KIBA
STRADDLE
HANMI GAMAE
FIGHTING
SHIKO
SUMO
UCHI HACHI
IN AND OUT
KAKA
KNEELING
SANSHIN
HOUR GLASS
OSAI
PRESSING
ZUKI ¦ PUNCH
GYAKU
REVERSE
KIZAMI
SNAP
URA
BACK
SHITA
CLOSE QUARTER
TOBI KOMI
JUMPING
NAGASHI
SIDE STEPPING
GERI ¦ KICK
KIN
GROIN
MAE
FRONT
YOKO
SIDE
HIZA
KNEE
MAWASHI
ROUNDHOUSE
KAKATO
HEEL
URA MAWASHI
HOOK
TOBI
JUMPING/FLYING
USHIRO
BACK
MIKAZUKI
CRESCENT
UCHI ¦ STRIKE
SHUTO
KNIFE HAND
HAITO
RIDGE HAND
SEIKEN
FOREFIST
URAKEN
BACK FIST
NUKITE
SPEAR HAND
TEISHO
PALM HEEL
EMPI
ELBOW
TETTSUI
HAMMERFIST
UKE ¦ BLOCK
SOTO
OUTER
SOTO HARAI
OUTER SWEEP
UCHI
STRIKING
UCHI HARAI
STRIKING SWEEP
HAISHU
BACK HAND
UDE BARAI
FOREARM SWEEP
TENSHO
GRABBING
KAKATO
HEEL
AGE
RISING
EMPI
ELBOW

 

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