Basic Terminology



Basic Terminology

Karate-do Empty hand-way The count  
Sensei Teacher Ichi One
Dojo Training hall Ni Two
Gi Training suit San Three
Obi Belt Shi Four
Rea Bow Go Five
Oss To push ahead Roku Six
Kime Focus Shichi Seven
Jodan Upper level Hachi Eight
Chudan Middle level Kyu Nine
Gedan Lower level Ju Ten
Waza Punching techniques    
Hidari  Left Migi Right
Yame Stop Hajime Begin
Mokusoh Quiet thought Mawate Turn
Uraken Back fist strike Kime Focus
Oi-zuki Stepping punch Kihon  Basics
Age-uke Rising block Kumite Sparring
Soto-uke Outside block  Kata Forms
Ude-barai Forearm sweep Uchi-uke Inside block
Gedan-barai Downwards sweeping block Gyaku-zuki Reverse punch
Uke waza Blocking techniques Nagashi-uke Sweeping block
Shuto-uke Knife hand block Tsukami-uke Grasping block
Keri waza
Kicking techniques Uchi waza Striking techniques
Mae-geri Front snap kick Empi-uchi Elbow strike
Yoko-geri keage Side snap kick Shuto-uchi Knife hand strike
Yoko-geri kekomi Side thrust kick Haito-uchi Ridge hand strike
Mawashi-geri Roundhouse kick Nukite Spear hand strike
Ushiro-geri Reverse thrust kick Mika-zuki-geri Cresent kick
Sanbon kumite Three step sparring    
Gohon kumite Five step sparring    
Kihon ippon kumite One step sparring    
Jyu ippon kumite Semi-free one attack sparring    
Jyu kumite Freestyle sparring    


Karate Day time lessons

Daytime Karate lessons are now being held on Thursday mornings at the Castle St, Portchester,  Day Centre. For further information please ring 07713284430 or email

These classes are for a range of people with varying abilities and in particular for the older and fairly active person that would like to benefit from the health aspects of practicing Karate and at the same time exercising their minds in the learning of new skills.

Existing students of Karate are also catered for in the lessons. In particular those on shift work and others that cannot get to their regular training lessons.

Further information

For the Portchester Karate Club and clubs in other areas or different training times, please email or telephone 07713284430.

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