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  • Goju-Ryu Karate - many boys and girls start young and achieve their black belts in their early teens
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  • Concentrating on basic punching increases stamina and power, a prelude to the quicker and more effective techniques used in sparring
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  • Goju-Ryu arm lock
  • Sensei Peter Galer
  • Goju-Ryu mawashi geri block in preparation for knee counter or throw
  • Basic punching drills
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  • Sensei Debbie Bussell
  • Goju-Ryu - The joy of exercise
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  • Goju-Ryu mae geri block and catch in preparation for take-down throw
  • Goyu-Ryu teaches that the most valuable achievments in life only come after lots of hard work. This young student was only hours away from being awarded his black belt.
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  • Arm lock and throw techniques are just as important in Goju-Ryu Karate as learning to deliver an effective punch or kick
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  • Goju-Ryu Kyu grade class
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  • Elfrida Yanti - 2007 IOGKF Ladies Kumite World Champion - Bournemouth



Ichi One
Ni Two
San Three
Shi Four
Go Five
Roku Six
Shichi Seven
Hachi Eight
Ku Nine
Ju Ten

A training session´s opening ceremony

Shugo Line up (phonetically ‘shho-go’)
Ki o tsuke Stand to attention (phonetically ‘kee-ut-skay’)
Seiza Kneel (phonetically ‘say-zah’)
Mokuso Meditate (phonetically ‘mok-so’)
Mokuso yame Finish meditating
Shomen ni Face the front of the dojo (phonetically ‘sho-men nee’)
Rei Bow (phonetically ‘ray’)
Sensei ni Face your teacher
Rei Bow and say aloud Onegaishimasu meaning please teach me (phonetically ‘on-ee-guy-shim-ass’)
Shomen ni Face the front of the dojo
Kiritsu Stand up (phonetically ‘kee-ree-tsoo’)

A training session´s closing ceremony

Shugo Line up
Ki o tsuke Stand to attention
Seiza Kneel
Mokuso Meditate
Mokuso yame Finish meditating
Shomen ni Face the front of the dojo
Rei Bow
Sensei ni Face your teacher
Rei Bow and say aloud Arigato Gozaimashita meaning thank you (phonetically ‘ary-gato goz-aye-mahsh-tah’)
Otagai ni Face your partner
Rei Bow and say aloud Arigato Gozaimashita
Shomen ni Face the front of the dojo
Kiritsu Stand up and bow.
Leaving the dojoAt the end of a lesson, it is not necessary to wait and leave the dojo in order of rank. But if you do meet at the exit, it is just a matter of courtesy to allow the senior to go first.
Japanese GrammarYou will sometimes hear people say ‘arigato gozaimashito’ (with a ‘tah’ at the end) or ‘arigato gozaimasu’ (without the ‘tah’). It is just a case of thanking someone in the future or past tense. ‘Arigato gozaimashita’ is used at the end of the lesson to thank the Sensei for the lesson just given. ‘Arigato gozaimasu’ would be used at the start of the lesson to thank the Sensei for the lesson they are about to give.

Punches (tsuki or zuki)

Jodan tsukiPunch to the face
Chudan tsukiPunch to the chest
Gedan tsukiPunch to the groin
Age tsukiRising punch
Choku tsukiStraight punch
Furi tsukiCircular punch
Gyaku tsukiReverse punch
Kizame tsukiJab Punch
Oi tsukiLunge punch
Seiken tsukiForefist punch
Ura tsukiClose range punch

Blocks (Uke)

Jodan uke Upper level block
Age uke Rising block
Chudan uke Middle level block
Gedan harai-uke Lower level sweep
Jodan uke Upper level block
Hiji uke Elbow block
Hiki uke Pulling/grasping block
Hiza uke Knee block
Ko uke Wrist block
Shotei barai Palm heel sweep
Shotei uke Palm heel block
Soto uke Forearm block (block from outside moving inward to the centre line of the body)
Sukui uke Scooping block
Tora guchi uke Tiger mouth block (sometimes called Mawashi Uke meaning ‘round block’)

Strikes (Uchi)

Uraken uchi Back fist strike
Empi uchi Elbow strike (hiji)
Haito uchi Ridge hand strike
Hiraken uchi Fore knuckle fist strike
Ko uchi Wrist strike
Nukite uchi Spear hand strike
Shuto uchi Knife-edge hand strike
Sokuto uchi Knife-edge foot strike
Teisho uchi Palm heel strike (sometimes called shotei uchi)
Tetsui uchi Bottom fist strike

Kicking (Geri)

Mae geri Front kick
Mawashi geri Roundhouse kick
Yoko geri Side kick
Ushiro geri Back kick
Hiza geri Knee kick
Kensetsu geri Stamping kick, joint kick
Mae ashi geri Front leg kick
Tobi geri Jumping kick

Stances (dachi)

Benzoku dachi One foot crossed over diagonally in front of the other, prior to turning
Hachiji dachi Natural stance
Han zenkutsu dachi Half forward stance
Heiko dachi Parallel stance
Heisoku dachi Formal attention stance, feet together
Kokutsu dachi Back stance
Musubi dachi Formal attention stance, feet turned out
Neko ashi dachi Cat stance
Reinoji dachi tick stance
Sagiashi dachi Crane leg stance
Sanchin dachi Hour glass stance
Sesan dachi Side facing straddle stance
Shiko dachi Box stance
Zenkutsu dachi Forward leg stance


Kumite sparring
Ippon kumite one step sparring (block and counter)
San dan gi Basic three step sparring
Randori kumite Slow and soft free style sparring with emphasis on technique
Yakusoku kumite Prearranged sparring
Iri kumite Hard, fast but controlled continuous free style sparring
Go kumite Full contact sparring

Training Equipment

Chi ishi Lever weighted stone
Ishi sashi Stone padlocks
Kongo ken Iron ring
Makiwara Striking board
Nigiri game Gripping jars
Tan Barbells

Karate uniform (Gi)

Obi Belt
Uwagi Top half of Gi
Zubon Bottom half of Gi

Kyu Grade Belt Colours

10th KyuWhite Belt
9th KyuYellow Belt
8th KyuOrange Belt
7th KyuGreen Belt
6th KyuBlue Belt
5th KyuPurple Belt
4th KyuPurple with White Stripe Belt
3rd KyuBrown Belt
2nd KyuBrown with black tag (or one white stripe) Belt
1st KyuBrown with two tags (or two white stripes) Belt


Shodan 1st Dan
Nidan 2nd Dan
Sandan 3rd Dan
Yondan 4th Dan
Godan 5th Dan
Rokudan 6th Dan
Nanadan 7th Dan
Hachidan 8th Dan

Parts of the Body (Tai)

Ashinoyubi Toes (Tsumasaki)
Danchin Sternum
Ganchu Below the nipples
Gansei Eyeballs
Hiza Knee
Jinchu Region below the nose
Kinteki Testicles
Kindama Groin
Kote Wrist
Miken Bridge of nose
Mimi Ears
Mikazuki Jaw
Nodo Throat
Onaka Stomach
Seiken Fist
Shuko Back of hand
Suige tsu Solar-plexus
Ude Forearm
Yubi Fingers

General Terms

Ashi barai Foot sweep
Budo Martial Way; Martial arts
Bunkai Study of kata applications and techniques
Chudan Middle level
Dan Level
Do Way; Path
Dojo Training place
Dojo kun Dojo rules
Gasshuku Special karate training camp
Gedan Lower level
Geri Kick
Gi Dojo uniform (Do-gi)
Go Hard, unyielding
Go kumite Hard sparring
Goju-Ryu Karate Do Hard/Soft style, empty handed way
Hai Yes
Hajime Begin
Hara Stomach
Heishugata ‘Closed Fist’ kata (Sanchin and Tensho)
Hidari Left
Hiji Elbow
Hiza Knee
Hojo undo Supplementary exercises
Honbu dojo Head dojo of an organisation
Ippon kumite One step (prearranged) sparring
Jodan Upper level
Ju Soft, flexible
Junbi undo Warm up exercises
Kaishugata ‘Open fist’ kata (Gekisai, Saifa, etc.)
Kakie Push hands
Kamae Combative posture
Kamae te Assume stance
Kanji Chinese characters
Karate Empty hand
Karate-do The way of Karate
Kata Forms
Keage Snap action
Ken Fist
Kenkon The symbol of the IOGKF - Literally ‘Heaven and Earth’
Ki o tsuke Attention (phonetically ‘kee-ut-ski’)
Kiai Focusing shout
Kihon Basic techniques
Kokomi Thrust action
Koshi Ball of the foot (or Josokutei)
Kumite Sparring
Mae Front
Mawatte Turn around
Migi Right
Mokuso Silent contemplation, meditation
Muchimi Heavy, sticky action
Obi Training uniform belt
Oyo bunkai Study of techniques in kata (similar to Bunkai but including follow-up techniques not shown in kata)
Otagai Training partner
Randori Free sparring, relaxed sparring (sometimes called jiyu kumite)
Rei Bow
Sandan gi Three level sparring
Seiken Fore fist
Seiza Formal sitting position (kneeling on your haunches, feet crossed)
Semete Attacking partner
Shime Sanchin testing
Shomen The front
Shugo Line up
Soto Outwards
Suri ashi Sliding step
Tai Body
Tai sabaki Moving the body to avoid contact
Tanden The body´s power centre
Te Hand
Tsuki Punch
Uchi Strike
Ude Forearm
Ude tanren Forearm conditioning
Uke Block
Uke harai Blocking exercises
Uraken Back fist
Ushiro Back, rear
Waza Techniques
Yakusoku kumite Pre-arranged sparring
Yame Stop
Yoi Ready
Yoko Side
Zanshin Awareness