Bo Staff

Bo Staff

What Does Bo Staff Mean? Bo Staff bo·staff \ˈbō\ staf\ noun Definition: This is a long wooden stick that is usually 1.8 meters in length. Although pine wood and bamboo are sometimes used, hardwood such as red or white oak is the favored material for a bo staff. View...
Bunkai

Bunkai

What Does Bunkai Mean? Bunkai bun·kai \ˈbün-ˈkī\ noun Definition: This refers to kata applications being used in a demonstration with real opponents. Bunkai is very useful, as it shows how each stance and movement in karate is used. View More Karate Glossary Terms:...
Bushido

Bushido

What Does Bushido Mean? Bushido bu·shi·do \ˈbu̇-shi-ˌdō\ noun Definition: A general martial arts term rather than being strictly a karate one. It is a Japanese word for the Samurai life and is loosely based on the concept of chivalry. Its literal meaning is “military...
Dan

Dan

What Does Dan Mean? Dan dan \ˈdan\ noun Definition: A ranking system used in modern Japanese martial arts such as karate. It was adopted in 1924 by Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate. Different-colored belts signify a student’s ranking, and the highest...
Dojo

Dojo

What Does Dojo Mean? Dojo do·jo \ˈdō-(ˌ)jō\ noun Definition: The formal gathering place for students of martial arts such as judo or karate. Dojo literally means “place of the way” in Japanese. A dojo is considered to be a special place and must be treated with...
Dojo Kun

Dojo Kun

What Does Dojo Kun Mean? Dojo Kun do·jo·kun \ˈdō-(ˌ)jō\ ˈkən\ noun Definition: This is a set of guidelines all karate practitioners are expected to follow. Not only do these guidelines apply within the dojo, they also apply to everyday life. View More Karate Glossary...
Gi

Gi

What Does Gi Mean? Gi gi \gē\ noun Definition: The name for the traditional karate uniform. It has a similar origin to the judogi, the judo uniform, but the Gi is made from much lighter material. It is important to purchase a high-quality Gi, because an...
Heiko Dachi

Heiko Dachi

What Does Heiko Dachi Mean? Heiko Dachi hei·ko da·chi \ˈhā-ˈkō\ dä-ˈchē\ noun Definition: This is known as the “natural stance” in a kata where a karateka’s feet are approximately shoulder width apart and the other edges of their feet are parallel. View More Karate...
Jodan Age-Uke

Jodan Age-Uke

What Does Jodan Age-Uke Mean? Jodan Age-Uke jo·dan·a·ge·u·ke \ˈjō-ˈdän\ˈȯ-ˈgā\ ü-ˈkā\ noun Definition: An upward or rising block used to deflect an attack to the upper part of the body. It can also receive an incoming attack and sweep it overhead while still keeping...
Kamae

Kamae

What Does Kamae Mean? Kamae ka·mae \ˈkȯ-ˈmā\ noun Definition: This word refers to posture in karate. It is differentiated from tachi, which means stance. While tachi refers to the body’s position from the waist down, kamae refers to the entire body’s posture and is...
Kamae-Te

Kamae-Te

What Does Kamae-Te Mean? Kamae-Te ka·mae·te \ˈkȯ-ˈmā\ˈtā\ noun Definition: This should not be confused with the word kamae, which means posture. Kamae-te is an instruction given by a sensei to his students. For example, a sensei looking to get students to assume a...
Karate

Karate

What Does Karate Mean? Karate ka·ra·te \kə-ˈrä-tē\ noun Definition: Its literal meaning is “empty hand”, and it is a martial art originally developed in Okinawa’s Ryukyu Islands. It is known as a striking art where practitioners use knees, kicks, punches, and elbows;...