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Atemi - Strike to an opening. During training, atemi is used to distract uke’s attention only. Avoid contact.

Dogi or gi - Training uniform

Dojo - Training hall, club

Dojocho - Leader of a dojo or club

Domo arigato gosaimasu - Thank you very much

Hajime - Begin

Hanmi handachi - Position where nage is sitting and uke is standing

Hidari hanmi - Left stance

Kamae - Stance (command to get you into stance)

Kancho - Leader or founder of an organization

Kotai - Defender – attacker change roles

Migi hanmi - Right stance

Nage - One who throws, the defender

Onajiku - Same technique other side

Onegaishimasu - I welcome you to train with me

Rei - Bow

Seiretsu - Be seated or line up

Sempai - Senior student

Sensei - Teacher, one who leads the way

Shomen ni rei - Bow to the front

Shuseikan - The name given by Soke David Dye to Sensei Nilo’s dojo meaning “a place for mastery of one’s self thru sincere, austere training”..

Shuyokan - The name given by Soke Gozo Shioda to the dojo of Sensei David Dye, the first Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo to be registered in the United States. When translated from its etymology, shuyokan means “a place of mastering training”.

Suwariwaza - Techniques done while both partners are seated 

Uke - One who is thrown, the attacker

Yoi - Ready

Strikes and weapons attack

Shomen uchi - Strike to the top of the head

Yokomen uchi - Strike to the side of the head or neck

Mune tsuki - Punch or thrust to the middle section of the body

Jo tori shomen uchi - Strike to the top of the head with a stick

Jo tori yokomen uchi - Strike to the side of the head or neck with a stick

Tanto tori mune tsuki - Knife thrust to the middle section of the body

Tanto tori shomen tsuki - Knife thrust to the top of the head

Tanto tori yokomen tsuki - Knife thrust to the side of the head or neck

Tanto tori gyaku mawashi tsuki - Reverse roundhouse knife thrust

Grabbing Attacks

Katate tori - One-hand grab

Katate kosa tori - Cross-hand grab

Katate tori ryote mochi - Grab with both hands. Also known as Morote dori to mean two hands grabbing one hand. Ryote dori means two hands grabbing on two hands.

Hiji tori - Elbow grab

Kata tori - Chest or front lapel grab

Ryokata tori - Grab on both front lapels

Ryote tori - Two-hand grab on two hands.

Ushiro tori - Bear hug from behind

Ushiro kubi shime - Strangulation/choke from behind

Ushiro tekubi tori - Grab on two hands from behind

Ushiro tekubi tori kubi shime - Grab with one hand, choke with the other from behind

Ushiro hiji tori - Grab on two elbows from behind

Ushiro kata tori - Grab on two shoulders from behind

Kicking Attacks

Mae geri - Front thrust kick                            

Mawashi geri - Roundhouse kick                              

Ushiro geri - Back kick        


Ikkyo - First technique, first principle

Nikyo - Second technique, wrist torque to control opponent

Sankyo - Third technique, wrist-elbow torque to control opponent

Yonkyo - Fourth technique

Gokyo - Fifth technique

Kokyu nage - Breath throw, “20-year technique”

Kokyu nage irimi Front entering breath throw, also called iriminage.

Shiho nage - All-direction throw

Kote gaeshi - Wrist-out-turn throw

Sokumen irimi nage - Side step-in throw

Ude garami - Arm lock

Katagatame - Variation of kaiten nage where the opponent’s shoulder is locked and brought directly to the ground.

Ashi shime - Striking leg held or locked securely

Ashi-uchi men-uchi - Strike uke’s kicking leg then strike face

Kubi shime - Choke

Hiki otoshi - Pull down


Ichi - One                                                        

Ni - Two                                                       

San - Three                                                     

Shi - Four                                                       

Go - Five                                                       

Roku - Six

Shichi - Seven

Hachi - Eight

Kyu - Nine

Ju - Ten

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