Karate Glossary

Japanese Terminology
 
Stances
 
Blocks
 
Musubi Dachi
Attention Stance
(heels together, feet in a "V" shape)
 
Age Uke
Rising Block
Heiko Dachi / Yoi
Parallel Stance
(feet hip width apart)
 
Uchi Uke
Inside Forearm Block
Shiko Dachi
Straddle leg stance
 
Gedan Barai
Downward Block
Sanchin Dachi
Hourglass Stance
 
Shuto Uke
Knife Hand Block
Zenkutsu Dachi
Front Stance
 
Sasai Uke / Moroto Uke
Augmented Block
Moto Dachi
Short Front Stance
 
Kosa Uke
Cross Block
Kokutsu Dachi
Back Stance
 
Mawashi Uke
Roundhouse Block
Neko Ashi Dachi
Cat Stance
 
Soto Uke
Outside Forearm Block
Naihanchi Dachi
 
 
 
 
Kosa Dachi
Cross Leg Stance
 
Kicks
 
 
 
 
Mae Geri
Front Kick
Strikes
 
 
Mawashi Geri
Roundhouse Kick
Oi Tsuki
Lunge Punch
 
Yoko Geri / Sokuto
Side Kick
Gyaku Tsuki
Reverse Punch
 
Ushiro Geri
Back Kick
Uraken
Back Fist
 
Ushiro Mawashi Geri
Reverse Roundhouse Kick
 / Hook Kick
Maeken Tsuki
Front Fist Punch
 
Ashi Barai
Foot Sweep
Nukite
Spear Hand
 
Tobi Geri
Flying / Jumping Kick
Shuto
Knife Hand
 
Hiza Geri
Knee Strike
Mawashi Tsuki
Round / Hook Punch
 
Kakato Geri
Axe / Heel Kick
Empi / Hiji Ate
Elbow Strike
 
 
 
Shotei
Palm Heel
 
Counting
 
Ko Uchi
Bent Wrist Strike
            
One       -       Ichi
Six        -        Roku
 
 
 
Two       -       Ni
Seven  -        Shichi / Nana
Rei
Bow
 
Three    -       San
Eight    -        Hachi
Left
Hidari
 
Four      -       Shi / Yon
Nine     -        Ku
Right
Migi
 
Five      -       Go
Ju         -        Ju