Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Martial Arts Glossary “M”

Discover Japanese Terms Used in Karate Beginning with “M”

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This is deemed to be an informal stance where the heels are kept together and toes are open at a 45-degree angle. It is the most common stance when it comes to performing the traditional bow.


This simply means “right”. For example, a right forward stance would be migi zenkutsu dachi.

Mae Geri Kaege

This is known as a front snap kick. In karate, there is a snap kick (kaege) and a thrust kick (kekomi). A mae geri kaege involves using a snapping action from the knee, and the ball of the foot is used as the striking surface.