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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STRIKES

AGE-EMPI UCHI Upward Elbow Strike. Sometimes called TATE EMPI UCHI. seen in the kata Nijushiho.
HAISHU UCHI Back Hand Strike. A strike with the back of the hand where the hand and fingers are straight.
HAITO UCHI Ridge-hand Strike.
HIJI-ATE Elbow strike, also called EMPI UCHI.
HIJI ATEMI or HIJI ATE Elbow Strikes.
IPPON NUKITE One Finger Strike.
IPPON TSUKI One Finger Thrust. Today we use the term Ippon Nukite.
KEITO UCHI Chicken Head Strike.
KENTSUI UCHI
(or TETTSUI UCHI)
Hammer Fist Strike.
KUMADE UCHI Bear hand strike. Kumade also means rake or fork.
NIHON NUKITE Two Finger Strike
NIHON TSUKI Two Finger Thrust. Today we use the term Nihon Nukite.
NUKITE Spear Hand
SHIHON NUKITE Four Finger Strike
SHIHON TSUKI Four Finger Thrust. Today we use the term Shihon Nukite.
SHUTO UCHI Knife hand strike
TATE EMPI UCHI Upward Elbow Strike. Sometimes also called AGE EMPI
TE GATANA UKE Hand Sword Block, this is now most commonly referred to as 'Shuto Uke'.
TEISHO UCHI Palm Heel Strike.
TETTSUI UCHI Bottom Fist Strike. Also called KENTSUI.
UCHI Striking
URAKEN UCHI Back Fist Strike
USHIRO MAWASHI EMPI UCHI Back Roundhouse Elbow Strike
YOKO EMPI UCHI Side Elbow Strike.
 

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