Terminology

Learning martial arts can involve getting your head around a confusing number of new words and phrases. This isn't an exhaustive list, but it hopefully gives you an idea about some of the most commonly used terms.

Aikidō - a Japanese martial art

Aikido.mp3

Bokken - wooden sword used for training

Bokken.mp3

Dojo - training hall

Dojo.mp3

Domo arigato gozaimashita - thank you very much

Domoarigatogozaimashita.mp3

Hajime - begin

Hajime.mp3

Hakama - pleated traditional Japanese trousers

Hakama.mp3

Jo - short wooden staff used for training

Jo.mp3

Kata - predetermined set of movements to drill as part of training

Kata.mp3

Keikogi - training clothes

Keikogi.mp3

Mokuso - meditation/contemplation

Mokuso.mp3

Obi - belt

Obi.mp3

Onegaishimasu - please (let's train)

Onegaishimasu.mp3

Suburi - repetitive weapon training exercise

Suburi.mp3

Tanto - wooden training knife

Tanto.mp3

Tori or Nage - both terms are used to describe the person performing a technique, counterpart to uke

Tori_Nage.mp3

Uke - the person receiving the technique, counterpart to tori/nage

Uke.mp3

Ukemi - the skill of safely receiving a technique, how to fall or escape

Ukemi.mp3

Yame - stop

Yame.mp3