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 ]

 

POSTURES

AI KAMAE Harmony Posture.
GANKAKU KAMAE Crane Posture, as used in the kata GANKAKU.
HIDARI KAMAE Left Posture. Used to describe when your left side is forward in a stance.
JIYU KAMAE Free Sparring Posture.
KAGI KAMAE Hooking Posture.
KAMAE Posture or Stance. Kamae is sometimes spelt GAMAE.
KAMAETE A command given by the instructor for students to get into position.
KOSHI KAMAE A stance where the fists are held one above the other against one of the hips. Seen in the kata Heian Yondan.
MANJI KAMAE A Double block where one arm executes Gedan Barai to one side, while the other arm executes Jodan Uchi Uke or Haiwan uke. As seen in the kata Jitte.
MIGI KAMAE Right Posture. Used to describe when your right side is forward in a stance.
RYO WAN KAMAE wide arm stance, where the arms are held at 45 degree's from the body, helps gives stability when practising basic kicking techniques. The actual translation is Both Arm Posture.
ZANSHIN KAMAE awareness posture.
 

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[ STANCES ]


[ STRIKES ]

 
 
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