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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[ PUNCHES ]


[ KICKS ]


[ STANCES ]


[ STRIKES ]

 

PUNCHES

AGE TSUKI (ZUKI) Rising Punch. Seen in the Kata EMPI.
AWASE TSUKI Combined Punch, or U Punch. Also referred to as MOROTE TSUKI.
CHOKU TSUKI Straight Punch. Also known as Kara Tsuki.
DAN-TSUKI Consecutive punching (same hand).
GYAKU TSUKI Reverse Punch.
HEIKO TSUKI Parallel Punch, (A double, simultaneous punch).
HIRAKEN Flat Fist or Fore knuckle fist.
IPPON KEN One Knuckle Fist.
KAGI TSUKI Hook Punch.
KIZAMI TSUKI Jabbing Punch.
MAWASHI TSUKI Roundhouse Punch.
MOROTE TSUKI Augmented Punch or U-Punch.
NAGASHI TSUKI Flowing punch.
NAKADAKA IPPON-KEN Middle Finger One Knuckle Fist.
OI-TSUKI Lunge punch.
REN-TSUKI Alternate punching
SANBON TSUKI A series of three punches, generally the first is OI TSUKI JODAN, followed by a slight pause then, CHUDAN GYAKU TSUKI, immediately followed by CHUDAN TSUKI, but it can be performed with three punches to the same target.
SEIKEN Fore fist, Regular Fist.
TATE TSUKI Vertical Punch.
TSUKI A punch or thrust.
URA TSUKI An upper cut / close punch used at close range. Sometimes called STAZ TSUKI.
YAMA TSUKI A wide U-shaped dual punch. Also called Mountain Punch, YAMA=MOUNTAIN.
ZUKI A different spelling of TSUKI. You would use the spelling 'Zuki' when you are adding the word to another. You use the spelling 'Tsuki' when it is said by itself.
 

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