These are some of the words and phrases that are good (sometimes essential) to know in the dojo. Feel free to print this list out! Thanks to Tamae Koketsu for assistance in making the list.

EVERYDAY PHRASES
How do you do? Hajimemashite
Nice to meet you. Douzo yoroshiku
How are you? Genki desuka?
I am fine. Genki desu.
I am Tamae. Watashi wa Tamae desu.
Excuse me Sumimasen
Thank you! Arigatou!
Yes / No Hai / I-ah
Good Morning Ohayo
Good Afternoon Konnichiwa
Good Evening Konbanwa
Good Bye Sayonara
KARATE TERMINOLOGY
Turn Mawatte
Roundhouse Mawashi
Start Hajime
Stop Yame
Front/Back Mae/Ushiro
Right/Left Migi/Hidari
Reverse Gyaku
In/ Out Uchi/ Soto
Kick Keri, Geri
Block Uke
Punch Tsuki, Zuki
Knife hand Shuto
Drive back Hikite
Natural stance Shizentai
Leg crossed Kousa-dachi
Cat stance Neko-ashi
No count Renzoku
Everyone Minna
Straight Massugu
High/Middle/Low Jyodan/Chudan/Gedan
Get together Shugo
JAPANESE TO ENGLISH
Bunkai karate technique application
Deishi karate students
Dojo karate studio
Sensei karate instructor
Sempai assistant teacher
Keiko karate class, karate workout, karate training
Shinsa karate rank testing
Kia karate shout pronounced "A8"
Shugo line up for kata, or beginning of class
Renzok kata with no counting
Hidari Left
Migi right
Mae geri front kick
Ueshiro geri back kick
Yoko geri side kick
Mawatte turn
Rei bow
Yoi ready stance
Matsu pine
Bayashi forest
Chudanski mid level punch
Shuto knife hand
Shin mind
Gi technique (and karate uniform)
Tai body
Seiza formal sitting position
Gyaku reverse opposite arm from the leg in front
Kokoro heart, spirit
Ganbate Try Harder
Mina Jozu everyone good job
BODY PARTS
Feet/Legs Ashi
Hand Te
Arm Ude
Hip Koshi
Elbow Hiji
Knee Hiza
COLORS
Black Kuro
Brown Cha
Green Midori
Blue ao
Orange Oren-ge
Yellow Kiiro
STANCES
Shizentai natural standing up stance,
with one foot in front of the other
Jigotai horse riding stance,
knees bent
Zenkutsu front leg bent,
knee over toe,
rear leg straight
Nekoashi 90 percent of weight on back leg, bent,
front leg ball of foot touching, light
NUMBERS
1 ich
2 ni
3 san
4 shi
5 go
6 roku
7 shich
8 hach
9 ku
10 ju


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