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Basic Dojo Terminology

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Counting
Stances
Ichi: one
Juu kihon dachi: ten basic stances
Ni: two
Musubi dachi: V stance
San: three
Heisoku dachi: feet together stance
Shi: four
Hachiji dachi: standing stance
Go: five
Uchi hachiji dachi: turned in stance
Roku: six
Shiko dachi: square stance
Shichii: seven
Zenkutsu dachi: front stance
Hachi:eight
Renoji dachi 'L' stance
Ku: nine Neko ashi dachi: Cat leg stance
Juu: ten
Sanchin dachi: three battles stance


Blocks
Punches
Uke: block (receive)
Tsuki: punch (thrust)
Jodan age uke: Upper rising block
Jodan tsuki: Upper punch
Chudan uke: Middle block
Chudan tsuki: Middle punch
Gedan barai: Lower block (lower sweep)
Gedan tsuki: lower punch
Kake uke: hooking block
Choku tsuki: straight punch
Mawashi uke: Round block
Awase tsuki: double U punch
Tora guchi: Tiger mouth



Kicks - Keri
Direction
Hiza Geri - Knee kick
Age: rising
Kansetsu geri - Knee joint kick
Hidari: left
Mae geri - front kick
Mawatte: turn
Maewashi - Round kick
Migi: right
Mikazuki Geru - Creasent kick
Ushiro: behind
Yoko geri - Side kick
Yoko: side


Striking - Ate Dojo instructions:
Hiji ate - elbow strike
Ki o tsukete - attention
Empi - Elbow strike (swallow)
Shomen in rei - bow to the front
Sensei ni rei - bow to the teacher
Movement Sensei ni arigatou gozaimashita - thank you teacher
Ayumi ashi: alternate steping Sensei onegaishimsu - please teach me
Tsugi ashi: sliding step
Yoi: ready
Taisabaki: Moving the body
Yamae: stop
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