Chikara Shinai Ryu
JAPANESE TERMS USED

Listed below are the Japanese terms used in Chikara Shinai Ryu. Only the commands or terms we use in class are Japanese, everything else is plain English!
For the beginner student, the numbers shown below and the word YAME (STOP) are the Japanese terms to remember first. Then as you progress, you will be expected to remember all of the following terms:
CHI (or Ki)
Spirit, inner power
CHIKARA
Physical power/strength
DACHI
Stance
DAN
Black belt grade
DOJO
Training hall ("The Way Place")
FUDO-DACHI
Immovable stance
GI
Training uniform
HAI
Yes
HAJIME
Begin
KATA
Prearranged sequence of techniques
KI-AI
Shout used to help unit Chi & physical power
KIBA-DACHI
Horse or straddle stance
KIHON
Basic techniques
KOHAI
Junior student (Brown belt student)
KUMITE
Sparring
KYOSHI
Founder
KYU
Student rank, below black belt
MAKIWARA
Striking post
MAWATTE
Turn
MO-ICHIDO
One more time
MOKUSO
Meditate
NI DAN
Second Dan, black belt
REI
Bow
RENSHI
Teacher (3rd Dan)
RYU
Traditional system(s), School(s)
SAN DAN
Third Dan, Black Belt
SEMPAI
Senior, assistant instructor (Sho Dan Ho & 1st Dan)
SENSEI
Instructor (2nd Dan, Ni Dan)
SHIN
Mind
SHINAI
The mind united with
SHIHAN
Master (4th Dan and higher)
SHIN-ZEN
Shrine
SHO-DAN
First Dan, Black Belt
TAMESHIWARI
Testing by breaking
YAME
Stop
YOI
Ready
YON-DAN
Fourth Dan, Black Belt




Numbers
In Chikara Shinai Ryu we count in Japanese/Chinese numbers. We only ever count from 1 to 10 then repetitions thereof.
ICHI
One
NI
Two
SAN
Three
SHI
Four
GO
Five
ROKU
Six
SHICHI
Seven
HACHI
Eight
KU
Nine
JU
Ten

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