Shotokan Karate - Terminology

These pages provide information that will be useful for any student trying to grasp the Japanese terminology of Karate. The pages have been divided into separate topics to make navigation of these pages easier.

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[ BLOCKS ]


[ PUNCHES ]


[ KICKS ]


[ STANCES ]


[ STRIKES ]

 

KICKS

ASHI Foot or Leg.
ASHI BARAI Foot/Leg Sweep.
ASHI GATANA Foot Sword.
ASHI WAZA Name given to all leg and foot techniques, ASHI meaning either leg or foot and WAZA meaning technique.
FUMIKIRI GERI Cutting Kick.
FUMIKOMI GERI Stamping kick.
GERI Kick. When using the spelling of 'geri' it should be added to another word to describe the kick. Geri used by itself would mean diahorrea.
Also see KERI and Keru.
HIZA GERI (strike) Knee Kick.
KAKATO GERI Axe Kick, striking with the back of the heel of the foot.
KEAGE 'Kick Up' in karate we use this when describing snapping as opposed to thrusting kicks. But see Keriage
KEKOMI Thrust Kick (Literally, Kick Into/Straight). See Kerikomi.
KERI Kick, you will see kick spelt this way. Keri by itself is a noun meaning kick coming from the verb Keru "To kick", The normal spelling used on this site is GERI.
KERU Kick. This is used when saying kick as a verb.
MAE GERI Front Kick.
MAE GERI KEAGE Front Snapping Kick.
MAE GERI KEKOMI Front Thrust Kick.
MAWASHI GERI Roundhouse Kick.
MIKAZUKI GERI Crescent Kick.
NIDAN GERI Double Kick, as seen at the end of the Kata KANKU DAI.
REN-GERI Consecutive Kicking, alternate kicking i.e. left and then right.
TOBI GERI Jumping Kick.
TSUMASAKI GERI Kicking using the tips of the toes to strike with. Should only be used to attack the soft parts of the opponents body e.g. groin.
USHIRO GERI Back Kick.
YOKO GERI Side Kick.
YOKO GERI KEAGE Side Snap Kick.
YOKO GERI KEKOMI Side Thrust Kick. Also referred to as YOKO KEKOMI.
 

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[ KICKS ]


[ STANCES ]


[ STRIKES ]

 
 
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Sensei Peter Calver
Chief Instructor
Tel: 07801 088188
sensei@ceska.co.uk



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