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Training Body and Mind - Traditional Shotokan Karate

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Dojo Information and Etiquette

Dojo Etiquette

  • Follow the Dojo Kun.
  • Bow each time you enter or leave the Dojo.
  • Bow each time you walk on/off the training mat.
  • The instructor is always referred to as "Sensei" while in the Dojo.
  • Show proper respect for other students at all times.
  • Never intentionally try to hurt anyone in training.
  • No chewing gum during class.
  • Remove all jewelry before training. This is a safety requirement.
  • Keep you finger and toe nails clean and trimmed.
  • Maintain a personal cleanliness as an act of consideration and respect for yourself and others.
  • Keep your uniform clean.
  • Be on time! Tardiness is a sign of disrespect.
  • No profanity - in any language.
  • If you cannot follow these rules - please find another Dojo.

Why We bow

Karate is a Japanese Martial Art and bowing is a way of greeting each other. 


Karate begins and ends with respect. This is why we bow.

Some things you will learn

General Terms

Sensei:       Teacher (Literally: "One who has gone before"

Sempai:      More experienced fellow student

Kohai:         Less experienced fellow student

Karateka:    Student of karate

Rei:             Bow

Shoman:     Front of Dojo

Kiotsuke!:   Attention!

Yoi:            Get ready to begin, go back

Oss!:         Yes, I understand, I agree

Kiai:           Shout or yell with spirit!

Zanshin:    Alertness, retain your guard

Kime:         Power, focus, correct 

Matte:        Be quiet and pay attention

Hajime:      Begin

Yame:        Stop (immediately)

Noate:        Relax

Yasume:    At ease

Kihon:        Basic (training)

Maai:         Distance

Do:            The way 

Counting

  1. Ichi
  2. Ni
  3. San
  4. Shi
  5. Go
  6. Roku
  7. Sichi
  8. Hachi
  9. Ku
  10. Ju

Position Terms

Hidari:    Left 

Migi:        Right 

Tate:        Stand Up 

Jodan:     Upper level/Head area 

Chudan:  Middle level/Chest area 

Gedan:    Lower level/hip or leg area 

Ma-ai:      Range, engagement space  

Mawate:  Turn around/rotate 

Seiza       Sit, Japanese position, on heels/knees  

Kamae:    Ready, combat position, guard 

Dachi: Stances

 

Shizentai:             Natural Stance
Zenkutsu Dachi:   Long/Front Stance
Kiba Dachi:           Horse Riding/Straddle Stance
Kokutsu Dachi:     Back Stance
Heisoku Dachi:     Attention Stance
Musubi Dachi:      Attention Stance (feet at 45 deg)
Niko Ashi Dachi:  Cat Foot Stance
Kosa Dachi:         Crossed Leg Stance

Blocks

 

Age Uke          Rising Block
Soto Uke         Outside to Inside Block
Uchi Uke         Inside to Outside Block
Shuto Uke       Knife-hand Block
Gedan Barai    Downward Block
Jyuji Uke         Cross hand Block

Geri: Kicks

Mae Geri:          Front kick

Mawashi Geri:   Round Kick

Yoko Geri:         Side Kick

Hiza Geri:          Knee Strike

Ushiro Geri:       Back Kick

Kakato:              Heels

Tsuki (Zuki): Punches

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Choku Zuki    Direct or Straight Punch

Morote Zuki   Double Punch

Oi Zuki           Lunge Punch

Gyaku Zuki    Reverse Punch

Kizami Zuki    Snap Punch, lead hand

Tate Zuki        Vertical Punch

Ura Zuki         Short Punch

Kumite: Sparring

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Ippon Kumite:        One step sparing

Sanbon Kumite:     Three step sparing

Gohon Kumite:       Five step sparing

Jiyu-ippon Kumite: One step free style

Jiyu Kumite:           Free style sparing

KATA (Forms)

Beginners

Taikyoku Shodan

Taikyoku Nidan

Taikyoku Sandan

Mid Ranks

Heian Shodan

Heian Nidan

Heian Sandan

Tekki Shodan

Tekki Nidan

Tekki Sandan

Advanced Ranks

Sensei demonstrating a move in Jion

Bassai Dai

Bassai Sho

Empi

Jion

Jitte

Kanku Dai


Additional Advanced Kata

Chintei

Gankaku

Gojyoshiho Sho

Gojyoshiho Dai

Hangetsu

Jiin

Kanku Sho

Nijushiho

Meikyo

Sochin

Unsu

Wankan

Video

Check this out:  Kata performed by JKA Instructor Osaka in the All Japan Championships 1982-83.  Includes: Empi, Gojushiho-sho, Sochin