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Updated 2007-01-31 22:42

Karate Terminology

Shotokan Karate

White-Orange Tip

JapaneseEnglish
ichiOne
nitwo
santhree
shifour
gofive
rokusix
shichiseven
hachieight
kunine
juten
haiyes
senseiteacher
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Orange

Question Answer
giuniform
domothankyou
Kiaispirit yell
osugreetings
Katapre-arranged forms
kumitesparring
hajimestart/begin
yame/mattestop
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Orange-Blue tip

JapaneseEnglish
dachistance
zukipunch
gerikick
ukiblock
reibow
karatekastudent
dozoplease
obibelt
akared
shirowhite
oublue
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Blue

JapaneseEnglish
kiba-dachihorse stance
zenkutsu-dachifighting stance
niko ashi-dachicat stance
kokutsu-dachiback stance
hachiji-dachirelaxed horse stance
heisuko-dachiformal attention stance
mawashi-geriroundhouse kick
mikasuki-gericrescent kick
ushiro-geriback kick
yoko-geriside kick
mae-gerifront kick
ipponfull point
nihontwo points
sanbonthree points
kimefocus
gyaku-zukireverse punch
oi-zukilunge punch
nukitespear hand
shutoknife hand
haitoridge hand
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Green

JapaneseEnglish
sensei ne reibow to sensei
shomen ni reibow to front (head table)
tsuzuketeresume fighting
wazetechnique
seikenforefist
keagesnap
seisankneel
kyurank
dandegree
kohaistudent body
torimazenunacceptable scoring technique
hikiwakedraw
encho senextended match
chukokuwarning
keikokuwarning with ippon penalty
hansoku chuiwarning with nihon penalty
hansokudisqualification
shikkakudisqualification leave the area
jogaiwarning "outside match area"
aiuchisimultaneous scoring techniques
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Purple

JapaneseEnglish
jodan age-ukeface block
chudan udi-ukecross block
chudan uchi-ukereverse cross block
gendan barrai-ukelow cross block
juji-ukedouble cross block
empi-zukeelbow punch
choku-zukistraight punch
kizami-zukilead hand jab
kagi-gerihook kick
fumikomi-geristomp kick
kihonbasic training
shobumatch
urakenback fist
tettsuihammer fist
hizaknee
haisokuinstep
sempaisr rank present below black
mubobiself endagerment
shiaicontest
koshiball of foot
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Brown

JapaneseEnglish
deashi baraisweep
haracenter of body
makiwarastriking board
tamashiuriwood breaking
teishopalm heel
kakatofoot heel
sokutoknife foot
nakadate ippon kenmiddle finger one knuckle strike
Shihanteacher of teachers
gyaku mawashi-gerireverse (spin) roundhouse
sochin-dachidiagonal horse stance
hangetsu-dachihourglass stance
sanchin-dachinarrow hourglass stance
kin-gerigroin kick
kiza-geriknee kick
yoko tobi-geriflying side kick
keage yoko-gerisnap side kick
mawachi tobi-geri#2 round house
hiza ukeknee block or shin block
fudo-dachitraditional wide Shotokan stance
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