Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Martial Arts Glossary “B”

Discover Japanese Terms Used in Karate Beginning with “B”

Welcome to Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s karate glossary, where we’ve listed the most common karate terminology one will encounter. If you cannot find the term you’re looking for or would like to learn more, please contact us today!

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Bunkai

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.

Bushido

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 scholar road”. Bushido is believed to be a relatively modern term, developed in the 16th century according to many scholars.

Bo Staff

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.