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Kenpo Vocabulary Words

Learning the terminology of Martial Arts is an important part of your training. Please study the terms and familiarize yourself with them. This list is a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, and English terms.

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Shihan (shee-hahn) title meaning master  
Sensei (sen-say) title meaning instructor
San (sahn) title meaning honorable
Dojo (doh-joh) training hall
Uke (oo-kay) person receiving a technique
Tore (toh-ray) person performing a technique
Gi (Gee [hard “g”]) karate uniform
Obi (oh-bee) karate belt
Kata (Kah-tah) form or pre-arranged movement
Kumite (koo-mee-tay) free fighting
Kyo (key-yoo) class – order of colored ranks
Karateka (Kah-rah-tay-kah) Karate student
Tatami (tah-tah-mee) mat
Doche/shey-shey (doh-chay/shay-shay) Thank you
Seiza (say-zah) kneeling position
Sifu (see-foo) Kung Fu Instructor
Kwoon (Kw-oon) Kung Fu School
Karate (kah-rah-tay) empty hand
Kenpo (Ken-poh) law of the fist
Do (doh) way of enlightenment
Shin (Sh-in) spirit-mind inspiration
Wasa (Wah-sah) technique
Ki (key) internal energy
Ai (ah-ee) breathe
Soke (soh-kay) title meaning founder
Kama (kah-mah)  weapon similar to small scythe
Bo (boh) six foot staff
Jo (joh) four foot staff
Quan (kwan) Chinese bo – bamboo
Katana (Kah-tah-nah) Samurai’s long sword
Wakizashi (wah-kee-zah-shee) Samurai’s short sword
Tanto (tahn-toh) Samurai’s knife
Nunchuku (nun-chuck) stringed or chained weapon
Sai (sah-ee) three pronged metal weapon
Budo (boo-doh) the martial arts
Kendo (ken-doh) way of swordsmanship
Kyudo (kyoo-doh) way of archery
Roshi (roh-shee) a master
Ryu (ree-yoo) school or style
Kiai (kee-ah-ee) loud shout  focusing power
Escrima – weapon based fighting with sticks
Shihan Tad Goble – One of Shihan’s Instructors
Shihan Nick Chamberlain – One of Shihan’s Instructors
Professor Nick Cerio – Founder of Nick Cerio’s Kenpo
Shodan (shoh-dahn) 1st degree black belt
Nidan (nee-dahn) 2nd degree black belt
Sandan (sawn-dahn) 3rd degree black belt
Yondan (yon-dahn) 4th degree black belt
Godan (go-dahn) 5th degree black belt
Rokudan (roh-koo-dahn) 6th degree black belt
Shichidan (she-chee-dahn) 7th degree black belt
Hachidan (hah-chee-dahn) 8th degree black belt
Kudan (koo-dahn) 9th degree black belt
Judan (joo-dahn) 10th degree black belt
Arigato (ah-ree-gah-toh) Japanese for “thank you”
Aikido (ah-ee-kee-doh) harmony spirit.way
Tae kwan do (tah-ee-kwon-doh) hands and feet way
Hapkido (hop-kee-doh) coordination/energy way
Kung Fu (kung-foo) time and energy
Jiu-Jitsu (joo-jit-soo) gentle art
Kajukenbo (kah-joo-ken-boh) thru this fist style
Itchi (itch) number 1
Ni (nee) number 2
San (sahn) number 3
Shi (shee) number 4
Go (goh) number 5
Roku (roh-koo) number 6
Shichi (shee-chee) number 7
Hachi (Hah-chee) number 8
Ku (koo) number 9
Ju (joo) number 10
Ukime (oo-kee-may) Shoulder roll/break fall
Migi (mee-gee) right side
Hidari (hee-dah-ree) left side
Maitte (ma-tay) I surrender
Sambo (som-bow) self defense without weapons
Jeet Kune Do – Way of Intercepting Fist
Krav Maga (krov-ma’ga) contact combat
Kenju-ryu – kenpo jiu-jitsu founded by Shihan Mike
KaIi (kah-lee) -weapon based fighting with knives
Shuriken (shoo-ree-ken) throwing stars