Japanese terminology

Commands & Phrases

JapanesePronunciationKanjiEnglish
Arigato Gozaimasuah-ree-gah-toh goh-zai-mas??????????Thank You Very Much
Hajimehah-jee-may??Begin
KiotsukeKee-oh-skay????Attention! Stand up straight!
Mattemah-tay???Wait
Mawattemah-wah-tay???Turn Around
Mokusomoh-koo-soh??Quiet Meditation
Onegai Shimasuoh-neh-guy-she-mas??????Please (Teach Me)
Otagai ni Reioh-tah-gah-ee nee ray?????Bow to Each Other
ReiRay?Bow with Respect
Sensei ni Reysen-say nee ray????Bow to the Teacher
Shomen ni Reishoh-men ni ray????Bow to the Front
Yameyah-may??Stop
YoiYoy??Ready, Attention

Ranks & Titles

JapanesePronunciationKanjiEnglish

Karate Ranks

KyuKyew?Ranks below Black Belt
DanDahn?Ranks of Black Belt
Shodan-Hoshow-dahn hoe???Probationary First Degree Black Belt
Shodanshow-dahn??First Degree Black Belt
Nidannee-dahn??Second Degree Black Belt
Sandansan-dahn??Third Degree Black Belt
Yondanyohn-dahn??Fourth Degree Black Belt
Godango-dahn??Fifth Degree Black Belt
Rokudanrohk-oo-dahn??Sixth Degree Black Belt
Nanadannah-nah-dahn??Seventh Degree Black Belt
Hachidanhach-ee-dahn??Eighth Degree Black Belt
Kudankoo-dahn??Ninth Degree Black Belt
Judanjoo-dahn??Tenth Degree Black Belt
Joshu-Shobanjoh-shoo show-ban????Junior First Degree Black Belt

Teaching Ranks

Sempaisehm-pie??Senior Student
Senseisehn-say??Teacher
Shihanshe-han??Teacher of Teachers

Miscellaneous Terms

JapanesePronunciationKanjiEnglish
BunkaiBoon-kai??Application of Kata Techniques (lit. picking apart)
Dojodoe-joe??Place to Learn the Way
Gighee?Karate Uniform
Haihi??Yes
Hidarihee-dah-ree?Left
Iyaee-yay???No
Kamizakah-me-zah??Seat of Honor, Shrine
Kiaikey-eye??Spirit Yell
Kihonkey-hon??Basics
Kumitekoo-meh-tay??Sparring
Obioh-bee?Karate Belt
Migimee-gee?Right
Wazawah-zah?Technique
Yakusoku Kumiteyah-k(oo)-soh-koo koo-meh-tay????Pre-arranged Sparring

Kazu (Numbers)

JapanesePhoneticKanjiEnglish
Ichieech?One
Ninee?Two
Sansan?Three
Shi (Yon)she?Four
Gogo?Five
Rokuroke?Six
Shichi (Nana)seech?Seven
Hachihach?Eight
Kukoo?Nine
Jujoo?Ten