Terms and Translations


Uechi-Ryu - Uechi’s Style or the Way of Uechi

Pangainoon - Half-Hard / Half-Soft (Chinese foundation of Uechi-Ryu)

Karate - Empty Hand

Karate-Do - Way of Karate

Karate-Ka - Karate Student

Sensei - One Who has Gone Before

Dojo - Way place (Place to learn the Way)

Gi - Uniform

Obi - Belt

Ki - Spirit (Japanese)

Chi - Spirit (Chinese)

Kiai - Shout of spirit

Ichi - One (In Japanese)

Ni - Two

San - Three

Shi - Four

Go - Five

Roku - Six

Shichi - Seven

Hatchi - Eight

Kyu - Nine

Ju - Ten

Domo Arigato - Thank You

Arigato Gozaimashita - Thank You (much more formal)

Do Itashi-Mashita - You’re Welcome (don’t mention it)

Dozo - Please

Hai - Yes

Iie - No

Gambate Masho - Work Hard

Shomen - Front

Yoko - Side

Ushiro - Back

Sanchin-dachi - Sanchin Stance

Seiken - Straight Punch

Shuto - Knife Hand Strike

Empi-Uchi - Elbow Strike

Uraken - Backfist

Nukite - Spear Hand

Hiraken - Four Knuckle Fist (Tiger’s Paw)

Shoken - One Knuckle Fist

Bushken - Palm Heel Strike

Wa-Uke - Circular Block

Geri - Kick

Shomen-geri - Front Kick

Yoko-geri - Side Kick

Sokuto-geri - Side Snap Kick (using the blade edge and heel of the foot)

Tobi-geri - Flying Kick

Tiger, Crane and Dragon - The three animals of Uechi Ryu (Tiger:  Courage, Tenacity, Ferocity;  Crane:  Calm, Awareness, Quickness;   Dragon:  Power, Strength and Good Luck. )

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