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Reference
This page gives members access to the syllabus for each belt grade, and a glossary of the most commonly used Japanese words.

Syllabus

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Purple

Blue

Brown

Brown 1 stripe

Brown 2 stripes

Black

Entire syllabus

Black application forms:

Junior

Adult

2nd Dan and higher

Candidates for black belt should only apply in consultation with their instructor. Black belt gradings take place only at Gasshukus. Applications should be made no later than the gasshuku before the planned grading.

Glossary

Tsuki

Punches

Oizuki

(Same arm to leg) punch

Oizuki no tsukomi

Leaning (Same arm to leg) punch to face

Gyakuzuki

(Opposite arm to leg) punch

Gyakuzuki no tsukomi

Leaning (Opposite arm to leg) punch downwards

Ura-uchi

Backfist

Nukite

Spear hand

Shuto

Knife hand

Kette

Kicking; precedes one of the punches such as kette oizuki or kette gyakuzuki

Tobikomizuki

Lunge punch

Nagashizuki

Sliding (avoiding) lunge punch

Tobokomizuki (tesho)

As above; open hand

Nagashizuki (tesho)

As above; open hand

 

 

Uke

Blocks (To receive)

Yoko uke

Out block

Yoko uchi

In block

Gedan barai

Down block (Sweep lower level with hand)

Jodan age uke

Up block (Upper level rising block)

 

 

Geri

Kicks

Hiza-geri

Knee kick

Kingeri

Flick kick

Maegeri

Front snap kick

Mawashigeri

Roundhouse kick

Ura-mawashigeri

Hook kick

Yokogeri

Side kick

Ushirogeri

Back kick

Surikomi

Step; implies kick with front foot

Mikazuki-geri soto

Crescent kick, outwards

Mikazuki-geri uchi

Crescent kick, inwards

Ashi-barai

Sweep with foot

Kakatogeri - soto, uchi

Axe kick

Ushiromawashigeri

Spinning hook kick

 

 

Dachi

Stances

Heisoku dachi

Heels and toes together

Musubi dachi

Heels together, toes apart

Heiko dachi

Feet apart, parallel shoulder width

Hachiji dachi

Feet apart, toes pointing out, shoulder width (Japanese character for ‘8’)

Nihanchi Dachi

Feet apart, toes pointing in at 45 degrees, shoulder width. (Named after Nihanchi kata)

Shiko dachi

Sumo stance

Moto dachi

Forward stance, 50-50 weight distribution

Zenkutsu dachi

Forward stance, 70-30 weight distribution

Nekoashi dachi

'Cat foot' stance

Sanchin dachi

Hour glass stance (Named after Sanchin kata)

Kokutsu dachi

Back stance

 

 

General terms

Sensei

Teacher or instructor. A term of respect not normally used by the instructor referring to self.

Seiza

Kneeling position

Mokusu

Meditation- a short period of contemplative silence at beginning or end of class

Rei

Bow

Karate

Empty Hand

Dojo

Training hall

Gi

Karate uniform

Kiai

Shout

Kata

A named, set sequence of techniques; used both as performance and aid to training.

Kihon

Basic techniques

Kumite

Sparring

Yoi

Ready (position)

Hajime

Begin

Mawatte

Turn

Yame!

Stop!

Jodan

Upper body level (head and neck)

Chudan

Middle body level (chest to waist)

Gedan

Lower body level (below waist)

Migi

Right

Hidari

Left

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