Deshi: (de: youngerbrother; shi: child) A student training under a master.
Do: (way, path, method)
Dojo: (do: way; jo: place) Place for training.
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu/gozaimashita: Most polite form of thanks in
present tense, past tense.
Dori/Tori: (grab/ grasp)
Dozo: (please, go ahead, begin)
(furi:to raise a weapon over the head; kaburu: to carry
on or over the head) The movement of raising a ken or jo over the
head to the position used for a downward strike.
Futari-dori: (futari: two people; dori: hold, grasp) Two people
Gaeshi/Kaeshi: (turn, reverse)
Gedan: (ge: lower; dan: level)
Gi: (gi: clothes) In Japanese most often called dogi (do: way) or
keikogi (keiko: training) A training outfit for martial arts.
Gyaku-hanmi: (gyaku: opposite; han: half; mi: body) Uke and nage
stand facing each other with the opposite foot forward: right/left
Ha: The edge of a sword
Hai: (hai: yes)
Hajime: (command) Begin.
Hakama: Traditional Japanese pleated, skirt-like wide trousers.
Hanmi: (han: half; mi: body) Aikido stance in which the front foot
is pointing straight forward and the rear foot is at an approximate
90 degree angle as in an upside-down T-shape. The same hip as the
front foot and upper body are turned slightly sidewise to make the
body a smaller target.
Hanmi-handachi: (han: half; mi: body; han: half; dachi: standing)
Uke is standing and nage is sitting (in seiza).
Happo-giri: (ha-: eight; po: direction; giri: cut) Eight directional
cut with the sword/bokken.
Hara: (stomach) The lower region of the abdomen- the physical and
spiritual center of youself. The point in which you focus and center
your balance and awareness.
Hayagaeshi: (haya: quick; gaeshi: turn) The turning movement usually
from Tsuki No Kame and directly into yokomen uchi without stopping
for the blocking position which is part of this transitional
Henka-waza: (henka: variation; waza: technique) Variation of a basic
Hito-e-mi: (hito: one; e: Japanese counting prefix; mi: body) An
Aikido stance resembling hanmi but with the hips pulled further back
to the side. Used in irimi-nage for instance.
Ho: (1): direction
Irimi: (iri: entrance, enter; mi: body) Techniques in which nage
places him/herself behind uke.
Jiyu-waza: (jiyu: free; waza: technique) Type of practice where nage
improvises, freely choosing the techniques to be used.
Jo: (jo: staff) Wooden staff, usually approximately 1 1/2 meters long.
Jodan: (jo: upper; dan: level)
Jo-dori: (jo: staff; dori: grab, grasp) Techniques used to take the
attackerís (uchiís) jo. Approximately 10 variations.
Juken: (ju: gun; ken: sword) Rifle with bayonet.
Kaicho: (kai: organization; cho: leader)
Kaiso: (kaiso: founder of a style) Term used for O-sensei Ueshiba.
Kaiten: (rotate, turn)
Kaeshi-waza: (kaeshi: reverse, return; waza: technique) Counter technique.
Kamae: ( kamae: stance) Aikido stance, encompassing an attitude of
hightened mental awareness and readiness to unleash techniques.
Kakari-geiko: (kakari: to attack or swarm over; geiko/keiko:
practice) Attackers (uke) in a row attack one after the other.
Kata: (1) Shoulder (2) Predetermined sequence of movements. Used to
learn techniques and principles
in Aikido weapons practice
Katana: Japanese sword.
(kata: one; te: hand) One-handed grab.
Katame-waza: (katame: to hold or pin; waza: technique) Techniques
ending in a hold.
Keiko: ( actual meaning: to study old things) Training/ practice.
Ken: Japanese sword.
Ken-tai-jo: ( ken: sword; tai: against; jo: staff) A series of
weapon techniques using the jo to defend against a sword/bokken.
Ki: ( ki: energy, spirit, intention) The vital life-force of the body.
(ki: energy,spirit, intention; ai: harmony) A powerful yell or
shout originating from the pit of the abdomen, used to unleash
physical and spiritual energy from the body.
Kihon: (ki: important, valuable; hon: basic) Basic techniques.
Ki-musubi: ( ki: energy, spirit, intention; musubi: to tie together,
to bind) The feeling of becoming one with the intentions and
movements of your opponent.
Ki-musubi no Tachi: ( ki: energy, spirit, intention; musubi: to tie
together, to bind; no: belonging to; tachi: sword)) The sixth
kumi-tachi (paired sword practice in Aikido). Also known as Otonashi
no Ken: The Sword of No Sound. This practice is based on the feeling
Ki no Nagare: (ki: energy, spirit, intention; no: belonging to;
nagare: flow) Advanced type of training using flowing movements.
Kohai: (ko: behind, after; hai: colleague) Fellow junior practitioner.
Kokyu: (kokyu: breath) Coordination of breath, energy and body movement.
Komi: (-komi: thoroughly,decisevly, strongly) A suffix used to express a thoroughly
completed or a strong action or movement. As in
uchikomi: uchi: strike; komi: strong or decisive.
Kokyu-ryoku: (kokyu: breath; ryoku: power) The power gained through
Kotai: (change) Command, given when for instance attacker and defender are to change roles.
(ko: small; te: hand) Wrist.
Kuden: (ku: oral; den: convey, transmit) The oral teachings of
Ueshiba used to explain important points in Aikido techniques.
Kumi-tachi: (kumi: to unite, group; tachi: sword) Advanced partner
practice with the sword/bokken encompassing 5 basic forms plus
(kumi: to unite, group; jo: staff) Advanced partner
practice with the jo encompassing 10 basic forms.
(kuro: black; obi: belt)
Kuzushi: (kuzushi: to break) The movement used to unbalance your
Kyu: (kyu: student level) Student level, in Aikido beginning at 6th
kyu and advancing to 1st kyu toward 1st dan.
Ma-ai: (ma: distance; ai: harmony) The proper distance between nage
(mawatte: turn, turn back) Command used when practitioners
should turn and
move in the opposite direction.
Me: (me: eye)
Men: (men: face, head)
(menkyo: license, diploma; kai: everything, den:
convey, transmit) Highest diploma representing the acquisition of
all the techniques in a given martial art system.
Migi: (migi: right)
(mo: again; ikkai: one time) Command: Do it again.
Mo ichido: ( mo: again; ichi: one; do: time) Same as above.
( mu: none; dan: level; sha: person) Person not graded to
(moku: eye; roku: document) A document or diploma
including technical explanations given in traditional martial art
Mune (muna-): (chest, chest area)
Mushin: (mu: nothing; shin: spirit) The state of no thought stived
for in martial arts; a feeling of being able to react instinctively.
( musubi: to tie, bind) The same as ki-musubi: The feeling
of becoming one with the intentions and movements of your opponent.
(1) (nage: throw) Aikido throwing technique.
(2) In Aikido, the person performing the technique.
Nagare: (nagare: flow)
Ni-nin gake: (ni: two; nin: person, gake: attack) Two uke attacking nage.
Obi: (obi: belt)
Omote: (omote: front)
Omoto-kyo: ( o: great; moto: foundation; kyo: belief) The name of
the Shinto group lead by Onisaburo Deguchi,the most important source
of spiritual inspiriation for O-sensei Ueshiba.
Onegaishimasu: (o-negai: wish; shimasu: verb conjugation) Japanese
standard expression when requesting or wishing for something. Used
for instance at the beginning of practice or for requesting someone
to practice with you.
O-sensei: (o: great; sensei: teacher, master) Morihei Ueshiba,
founder of Aikido (1883-1969). Also called Kaiso: founder.
Osae-waza: (osae: lock; waza: technique) Techniques ending in a lock.
Owari/owarimasu:(owari: finish, end; masu: verb conjugation)Command
used to indicate the end of a training session for instance.
Oyo-waza: (oyo: application; waza: technique) Variations of basic
techniques in advanced training. The practical usage of Aikido
techniques in a more self-defense based context.
Randori: (ran: disorder; dori: grab, grasp) Free style,
improvisational practice with several
attackers, where the types of attack are not predetermined.
Rei: (rei: bow, thanks, politeness) Command used in Budo: bow.
(rei: bow, thanks, politeness; gi: rule, ceremony) Correct
behaviour in as well as outside of the dojo. Also called : reishiki
( shiki: ceremony).
Renshu: (ren: to discipline, shu: study) Training, practice.
Renzoku: (ren: to bring with; zoku: to continue) One after the
(ri: logic, reason; ai: harmony) The common principals in
Aikido connecting empty-handed techniques, sword and staff.
(ryu: school, flow) A prefix meaning of a certain style in Budo
(san: three; nin: person; dori: grab, grasp) Three
attackers holding nage.
(san: three; nin: person; gake: attack) Three people
Saya: (saya: sword sheath)
Sempai: (sem: in front, before; pai/hai: colleague) Fellow senior
Sensei: (sen: before, in front; sei: to be born, live)
Teacher/master: one who is born before you.
(sei: correct; za: seat, sit) The traditional Japanese way of
sitting on your knees.
(shi: teacher; han: example) A representative of a Budo
system, graded 6th dan or higher.
Shiho: (shi: four; ho: direction)
Shiho-giri: (shi: four; ho: direction; giri: cut) Practice of
cutting in four directions with the sword.
Shiho-tsuki: (shi: four; ho: direction; tsuki: thrust) Practice of
thrusting with the jo in four directions.
Shikko: (knee walking)
Shime/-jime: (shime: to squeeze, strangle)
(shi: form, appearance; sei: power) Posture.
Shiro-obi: (shiro: white; obi: belt)
(1): (sho: correct; men: front) The wall in the dojo towards
which you bow before starting practice, usually where there is a
picture of O-sensei.
Shomen (2): (sho: correct; men: face, front) The face or head.
Sode: (sode: sleeve)
Sode-guchi: (sode: sleeve; guchi/kuchi: mouth) The opening of the
Soto: (soto: outside)
Soto-deshi: (soto: outside; deshi: student) Student who lives
outside of the dojo, not a live-in student.
Suburi: (su: origin; buri: to swing a sword or staff) A basic strike
or thrust with a jo or bokken.
Suki: (suki: opening) An opening or weak point in a technique which
leaves you open to a counter-attack.
Suwari-waza: (suwari: sit; waza: technique) Seated techniques,
performed in seiza.
Tachi-dori: (tachi: sword; dori: grab, grasp) Empty-handed
techniques defending against sword attacks. Approximately 10 variations.
Tai: (tai: body)
Tai-jutsu: (tai: body; jutsu: technique) Empty-handed Aikido
Tai no Henko
: ( tai: body: no: belonging to; henko: to turn around)
Basic practice in turning 180 degrees while uke is grabbing nageís
Tai sabaki: (tai: body; sabaki: to move, evade) Movements off the
line of attack.
Takemusu Aiki: (take: martial; musu: to give birth to; ai: harmony;
ki: energy, spirit, intention) A term used by O-sensei to describe
the most advanced level of practice in Aikido: the spontaneous use
and creation of techniques through a complete understanding of the basic principals.
(taninzu: a group of people; gake: attack) A group of
people attacking nage; the same as randori.
Tanren Uchi: (
tan: to forge,train; ren; to practice; uchi: strike)
The practice of striking a tire with a suburi bokken in order to
obtain hip strength and to learn to unleash power at a maximum.
Tanren is also used in for instance "Yokomen no Tanren", the
practice of striking yokomen with the hand while your partner blocks
(tan: short; to: sword) Knife.
Tanto-dori: (tan: short; to: sword, dori: grab, grasp) Knife
Tegatana: (te: hand; k/gatana: sword) The edge of the hand.
Tsuba: (tsuba: sword guard) The small disc-like decorative object