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Japanese Terminology

General Terms

Naha-te
Style of indigenous martial arts form the Naha region of Okinawa
Tomori-te
Style of indigenous martial arts form the Tomari region of Okinawa
Shuri-Te
Style of indigenous martial arts from the Shuri region of Okinawa
Karate
Empty Hand
Karate-Do
The Way of Karate
Karate-Ka
Karate Practitioner
Kata
Practice Form
Bunkai
Formal application of Kata techniques
SEMPAI
Assistant Karate Instructor. Usually refers to an Instructor with 1st Dan status
SENSEI
Karate Instructor. Usually refers to an Instructor with 2nd or 3rd Dan status
SHIHAN
"Supervisor of Sensei's". Usually refers to an Instructor with 4th or 5th Dan status
RENSHI
Executive Advanced Instructor. Usually refers to an Instructor with 6th or 7th Dan status
KYOSHI
“Chief Executive SENSEI”. Usually refers to an Instructor with 8th or 9th Dan status
HANSHI
“Honorable Chief Executive of SENSEI” Usually refers to an Grandmaster with 10th Dan status
Ryu
Karate Style
Kiai
Spirit Yell
Dojo
School or training hall
Obi
Belt
Gi
Karate uniform
Kyu
Colored Belt Level
Dan
Black Belt Rank
Kumite
Sparring
Ippon Kumite
One-Step Sparring
Waza
Technique
Kami no Senshi
warrior of GOD



Instructions

Rei (Nei)
Bow
Hajime
Begin
Yame
Stop
Sensei Ni Rei
Bow to the Sensei
Seiza
Formal Japanese Sitting Position