TRADITIONAL TERMINOLOGY

Listed are the frequent terminologies that you will first hear within our traditional dojo, at times these words and expressions that may be expressed in a variety of ways. Therefore, these variations will be explained to you, as you attain knowledge of your traditional martial art.

Without doubt, one of the best ways of understanding an oriental form of martial art, as a result viewed as a form of self-discipline, is to begin to orientalise your mind, learning, and understanding the traditional terminologies; protocols and philosophies are a good place to begin your study.

O’Connor Hanshi - Principal Instructor Oceania

 

[Dojo Courtesies]   [Vocabulary]   [Numbers]   [Colours]   [Black Belts]   [Glossary]

Formalities - 手続き Tetsudzuki:
Dojo Courtesies - 道場の儀礼 Dōjō no girei

  • Domo Arigato-Gozaimashita
  • Dozo
  • Konba wa
  • Konnichi wa
  • Ohayo-gozaimasu
  • Seiza
  • Mokuso
  • Ritsuzen
  • Tate
  • Rei
  • Sensei Ni
  • Shomen Ni
  • Tachi Rei
  • Thankyou Very Much
  • Please (do this)
  • Good Evening
  • Good Afternoon
  • Good Morning
  • Formal Sitting Position
  • Meditation, Eyes closed
  • Standing Meditation
  • Stand Up
  • Formal Bow
  • Face Sensei
  • Face Front
  • Standing Bow

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Vocabulary - 語彙 Goi

  • Budo
  • Chi (Ki)
  • Chudan
  • Dan
  • Do
  • Dojo
  • Jodan
  • Gedan
  • Gi
  • Hai
  • Hajime
  • Hidari
  • Migi
  • Mawatte
  • Iee Iie
  • Yame
  • Yoi
  • Ki-Ai
  • Kohai
  • Kun
  • Kyu
  • Obi
  • Ren ma
  • Ryu
  • Hanshi Sensei 範士: はんし
  • Shihan Sensei
  • Kyoshi Sensei
  • Sensei
  • Sempai
  • Shin
  • Sen
  • Te
  • Tanden
  • Tate
  • Martial Art Way
  • Inner Strength
  • Middle Area
  • Black Belt Grade
  • Do/Way
  • Place of one’s Enlightenment
  • Head Area
  • Lower Stomach Area
  • Traditional Training Suit
  • Yes
  • To Begin
  • Left
  • Right
  • Turn
  • No
  • Stop
  • Ready
  • Energy that Creates Ki
  • Student
  • Oath
  • Student Grade (Coloured Belt)
  • Traditional Belt
  • Always polishing
  • The School of thought, the flow of Knowledge
  • A Model Teacher above 8th Dan
  • Teacher of Teachers; graded above 5th Dan
  • Most Senor Sensei (Advanced)
  • Teacher A Title of Respect
  • Higher Grade (One’s Senior)
  • Mind
  • Timing
  • Hand
  • A point below Navel Area
  • To Sit or Stand Up

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Numbers - 番号 Banjo

  • Ichi 一
  • Ni 二
  • San 三
  • Shi/Yon 四
  • Go五
  • Roku 六
  • Shichi/Nana 七
  • Hachi 八
  • Ku 九
  • Ju 十
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

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Colours -色 IRO

  • Shiro 白
  • Orenji オレンジ
  • Midori みどり
  • Ao 青
  • Murasaki 紫の
  • Chairo 茶色
  • Kuroi 黒
  • Aka 赤
  • White
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Red

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Yudansha 有段者 – Dan Grades: (Black Belt)

  • Shodan
  • Nidan
  • Sandan
  • Yondan
  • Godan
  • Rokudan
  • Nanadan
  • Hachidan
  • Kudan
  • Judan
  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd
  • 4th
  • 5th
  • 6th
  • 7th
  • 8th
  • 9th
  • 10th

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Glossary - Yōgo-shū 用語集

  • Ato Tsugi
  • Antei
  • Ashi Waza
  • Atemi – Jutsu
  • Chikara
  • Embusen
  • Kaisai
  • Kensetsu
  • Kobujutsu
  • Kokoro
  • Ma
  • Mizu no Kokoro
  • Ne Waza
  • Okyaku - San
  • Pinan Katas (Heian)
  • Ren Ma
  • Shomei
  • Sen
  • Soji
  • Taiso
  • Tsuru Ashi Dachi
  • Tuite
  • Zanshin
  • Successor
  • Balance
  • Foot and Leg Techniques
  • Art of Vital point striking
  • Strength
  • Line Movement within Kata
  • Hidden Kata Techniques
  • Body Joints. (Joints of the body)
  • Old weapon arts of Okinawa
  • Intention of heart, mind and spirit
  • Distance
  • Mind like water, a calm mind
  • Ground Techniques
  • Visitor, a guest
  • Yusutsune Itosu
  • Always Polishing
  • Front area of Dojo
  • Timing
  • Cleaning of Dojo,before and after class
  • Formal Martial Art Excercise
  • Crane Stance
  • The grappling art in traditional Ryukyu Shuri-te
  • Spirit that remains, total awareness

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