Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Martial Arts Glossary “D”

Discover Japanese Terms Used in Karate Beginning with “D”

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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Dachi

The name given to stances in karate.

Dojo Kun

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.

Dan

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 ranking is typically the 10th dan. Belts above 6th dan are normally classified as “honorary”.

Dojo

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 respect. Shoes must not be worn inside a dojo, and in some martial arts, it is customary to ritually clean the dojo before and after training sessions.