Oxford University Karate Club

Karate Terminology


Japanese English Translation
Numbers
    ichi 1
    ni 2
    san 3
    shi 4
    go 5
    roku 6
    shichi 7
    hachi 8
    ku 9
    ju 10

Stances

    zenkutsu dachi front stance
    hachiji dachi natural stance
    kokutsu dachi back stance
    kiba dachi horse stance
    sochin dachi  immovable stance
    neko ashi dachi cat stance
    shizen tai ready stance

Blocking Techniques

    age uke rising block
    soto uke outside foream middle block
    gedan barai downward block
    uchi uke inside-forearm block
    shuto uke knife-hand block
    kakiwake uke two-handed separating block

Arm Techniques

    tsuki punch
    oi zuki step-in punch
    gyaku zuki reverse punch
    kizami zuki jab punch
    nukite spear hand
    ura-ken backfist
    empi elbow

Leg Techniques

    keri kick
    maeh geri front snap kick
    mawashi geri roundhouse kick
    yoko geri kekomi side thrust kick
    yoko geri keage side snap kick
    ushiro geri back kick

Sparring

    jo dan head level
    chu dan stomach level
    ge dan lower level
    sanban kumite three-step sparring
    ippon kumite one-step sparring
    jiyu kumite semi-free sparring

Other Terms

    kihon basic training
    kiai spirit focus
    kime focus
    rei bow
    yoi natural stance
    yame stop
    mawatte turn
    hajime begin
    mokuso meditation
    seiza kneeling position