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Are You Training A Martial Arts Style Or System?

Current times discussions and written treatises on martial arts training often treat the terms "Style" and "System" as interchangeable, yet they are not at...

Martial Arts Definitions W

Wa: “Accord.” An ancient Japanese term for harmony, accord, and coordination. Wado ryu: “Way of peace.” A Japanese style of karate developed from jujutsu and earlier karate...

Martial Arts Definitions T

Tachi: A Japanese long sword worn slung from a sword belt. Like the katana, the tachi had a single-edged curved blade. Tachi rei: “Standing bow.” A salutation...

Martial Arts Definitions K

Kabuto: The helmet worn by the Japanese samurai. It was made of iron or lacquered leather, and was secured to the head by a series...

Martial Arts Definitions D

Daab: A Thai sword used in Krabi Krabong. Dachi: Stance. Dai Kissaki: Enlarged point on a Japanese sword, a style more commonly found on swords from the 1700′s. Daisan: The completed...

A Different Definition of Ai-Yotsu and Kenka Yotsu

In order to truly understand the difference between the terms Ai-Yotsu and Kenka Yotsu, one should dismiss the definitions of so called right-handed and...

Martial Arts Definitions R

Randori: Free sparring. Rei: (Ray) “Soul or Spirit” A bow that begins in the tan tien (seat of the soul located in the abdoinal area). The term...

Martial Arts Definitions G

Gake: Hooking action used in some ankle and sacrifice throws. Gakko: School. Ganmen: A target area referred to in sport karate. It includes all of the head and face...

The Meaning of Soke

Soke (Sōke) pronounced (so - ke), is a Japanese term that means "the head family (house)." In the realm of Japanese traditional arts, it is...

Martial Arts Definitions M

Ma ai: The distance between two opponents. Mae: “Front” or “forward.” Mae-geri: Front kick Mairi: Tapping with the hand to signify submission. Makeru: To lose or be defeated. Makiwara: A karate training post designed for...

Martial Arts Definitions I

I: “Will,” “mind,” or “intent.” Iai: “Swordplay.” A sword exercise employing a series of thrusting and cutting techniques while drawing and returning the blade. Iaido: “Way of the sword.”...

Sensei – The Origin and Meaning Word

In various martial arts there are different names for the titles of some master ranks In the following text I am going to mention...

Iai or Batto

The very word Iai is the subject of numerous grading essays and has many layers of meaning but its basic interpretation seems to be...

Martial Arts Definitions V

Vo phuc: A name for the uniform worn in the Vietnamese martial arts.

Martial Arts Definitions P

Pachigi: A Korean martial art in which the head is used to butt an opponent. Pai shih: A ceremony for a kung fu novice denoting his acceptance...

Kendo Shai Glossary

Kendo.com tells us that Kendo, the “Way Of The Sword” is the traditional Japanese style of fencing that today is a modern martial art...

Martial Arts Definitions A

Abaniko: This Arnis striking technique uses a stick in a movement which resembles a fan motion. Acupressure: In this process, the channels through which chi, or life...

Martial Arts Definitions L

Lakan: The male black belt rank in the Filipino art of arnis. Lathi: “Staff.” An Indian fighting art centered around a cane or bamboo staff about five...

It’s Sōke, It’s Alright

The so-called controversy and dilemma with the use of the term sōke in martial arts has only been seen in a few articles (self-published)...

Martial Arts Definitions O

O: “Big” or “great.” Obi: Belt. Obi-otoshi Belt drop Odachi:: See “tachi.” O-goshi: Major hip, hip technique O-guruma: Major wheel. Judo foot technique. Oi-zuki Step punch. Okuri-ashi-harai: sending foot sweep, Judo foot technique. Omote: “Front” or “obvious.” Oni ken: Extended knuckle fist. Orei: “Respect” or...