Karate Japanese

There are many sites which offfer vocabulary lists of Karate Japanese, but none of them quite have all the terms used by the club that I’m a member of. After a little begging I managed to get a comprehensive list and so now I’m putting it here where hopefully it will be helpful 🙂

Hand Techniques

  • Junzukifront punch.
  • Geyakazuki – reverse punch.
  • Junzuki notsa kami – leaning punch to the head.
  • Geyakazuki notae kami – leaning punch to the groin.
  • Negashazuki – slide across jab.
  • Yuraken – backfist.
  • Tomcommezuki – jab.
  • Zenzenzi jodan tudan renzuki – slide jab reverse.
  • Sureyashi zenzenzi jodan tudan renzuki – slide jab slide reverse.
  • Surey comme zenzenzi jodan tudan renzuki – the blitz.
  • Empey – elbow strike.
  • Solakwontrow geyakazuki – change stance on the spot to reverse punch position.

Leg Techniques

  • Geri – kick.
  • Miageri – front kick.
  • Mawashigeri – round kick.
  • Yokogeri – side kick.
  • Sokoto – also side kick but with the foot in a slightly diffrent postion. I think this one you strike with the heel rather than the blade of your foot.
  • Urageri – hook kick.
  • Mikazukageri – crescent kick.
  • Giyakato geri – axe kick.
  • Nidan geri – jumping front kick.
  • Nidan giyakato geri – jumping axe kick.
  • Asherageri – back kick.
  • Ashera mawashigeri – spinning hook kick.
  • Ashera yokogeri – turning side kick.
  • Mitobageri – jumping front kick on the spot.
  • Ashera nidan mikazukigeri – wheel kick.
  • Ashera nidan mawashigeri – wheel kick (I’m not sure if these denote diffrent approaches to the same technique).
  • Hashebri – front leg sweep.
  • Ashera ashebri – spinning sweep (otherwise know as how to hurt your hip very fast).

Blocking Techniques

  • Geyaka – reverse.
  • Jodanuki – head block.
  • Gedamboroi – lower block.
  • Ucheuki – inner block.
  • Soteuki – outer block.
  • Shutoki – shuto.

Stances

  • Zenkutsu dachi – front stance.
  • Kokutsu dachi – back stance.
  • Kiba dachi – horse stance.
  • Neko achi dachi – cat stance.
  • Gyako neko achi dachi – reverse cat stance.

Some more useful terms

  • Adarishezenti – left leg forward street fighting stance.
  • Adaregami – left leg forward guard position.
  • Mawate – turn.
  • Jodan – head.
  • Chudan – body.
  • Heeza – knee.
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