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Katas - Uchinaguchi - People - Techniques
Karate Stances - Tachi Waza - 立ち技
Name Kanji Notes
Heiko Dachi 併行立ち Parallel Stance
Heisoku Dachi 閉足立ち Feet together stance
Hiza Dachi 膝立ち Kneeling stance (one knee)
Kiba Dachi 騎馬立ち Horse riding stance (knees bent feet forward)
Kosa Dachi 交叉立ち Feet crossed stance
Musubi Dachi 結立ち Closed stance (heels together, feet 45)
Nekoashi Dachi 猫足立ち Cat-foot stance
Sanchin Dachi 三戦立ち Three battles stance (sunadokei dachi)
Shiko Dachi 四股立ち Square stance (four point stance)
Shizen Dachi 自然立ち Natural stance (short front stance)
Tsuru Dachi 鶴立ち Crane stance (on one leg)
Zenkutsu Dachi 前屈立ち Forward leaning stance

Karate Blocks - Uke Waza - 受け技
Name Kanji Notes
Chudan Uke 中段受け Mid-Level block, blocking with the outside of the wrist
Gedan Uke 下段受け Low level block
Haishu Uke 背手受け Back hand block (fingers open)
Hiji Uke 肘受け Block with your elbow
Jodan Uke 上段受け High level block
Juji Uke 十字受け Hands crossing (X) block
Kakie Uke 掛け受け Hooking block
Kawasu Uke 交す受け Parry block
Keito Uke 鶏頭受け Top of the hand block
Koken Uke 弧拳受け Top of the wrist block
Kusabi Uke 楔受け Wedge block
Otoshi Uke 落し受け Dropping block
Shotei Uke 掌底受け Palm block
Shuto Uke 手刀受け Knife Hand block (Hand Blade Block)
Soto Uke 外受け Blocking from outside to inside with inside wrist
Toraguchi Uke 虎口受け Block with Tiger Mouth (Mawashi Uke/Enkei Uke)
Tsukamu Uke 掴む受け Catching block
Ura Uke 裏受け Reversed hand block

Karate Strikes - Odo Waza - 殴打技
Name Kanji Notes
Awase Tsuki 合せ突き Front U style punch without leaning
Boshiken Uchi 拇指拳打ち Thumb strike
Choku Tsuki 直突き Straight punch
Chufuken Uchi 中節拳打ち Middle Knuckle Strike
Dokuyubi Uchi 毒指打ち Poison finger strike
Gyaku Tsuki 逆突き Reverse punch
Haishu Uchi 背手打ち Open back hand strike
Haito Uchi 背刀打ち Ridgehand strike
Hiraken Uchi 平拳打ち Flat fist strike (all four first joint knuckles)
Homiken Uchi 鳳眼拳打ち Phoenix eye strike
Kōtō Ate 後頭当て Back of the head strike
Kagi Tsuki 鈎突き Hook punch
Kata Ate 肩当て Shoulder strike
Kisami Tsuki 刻み突き Jab punch (front jab)
Kote Uchi 小手打ち Wrist strike (wrist bash)
Nibai Tsuki 二倍突き Double punch (front double punch without leaning)
Oi Tsuki 追い突き Chasing punch
Oniken Uchi 鬼拳打ち Older name for a single foreknuckle strike
Riken Uchi 裡拳打ち Horizontal backhand strike (left to right)
Shotei Uchi 掌底打ち Palm heel strike
Tai Ate 体当て Body strike (body bump)
Tekubi Uchi 手首打ち Top of the wrist strike on a horizontal plane (left to right)
Tettsui Uchi 鉄槌打ち Hammer fist strike
Ura Tsuki 裏突き Back Punch (uppercut / non rotated hand)
Uraken Uchi 裏拳打ち Vertical backhand strike (top to bottom)
Yama Tsuki 山突き Mountain punch (front double punch with leaning)
Zento Ate 前頭当て Front of the head strike (headbutt)

Karate Kicks - Keri Waza - 蹴り技
Name Kanji Notes
Fumikomi Geri 踏み込み蹴り Stamping kick / Stomping kick / Skip kick
Furi Geri 振蹴り Swinging kick, usually 360, in Suparinpe
Hiza Geri 膝蹴り Knee kick (knee strike)
Kakuto Geri 踵蹴り Heel kick (Mule kick)
Kocho Geri 蝴蝶蹴り Butterfly Kick (Split kick)
Kotai Geri 交体蹴り Cross body kick (kicking across the centerline)
Mae Geri 前蹴り Front / Forward Kick
Muchi Geri 鞭蹴り Whipping Kick
Osae Geri 押え蹴り Pushing kick
Oyubi Geri 大指蹴り Toe Kick
Sokuto Geri 足刀蹴り Foot edge kick (blade of foot kick)
Sune Geri 脛蹴り Shin kick (striking with shin)
Ushiro Geri 後ろ蹴り Back kick (Behind / Backwards kick)
Wangetsu Geri 彎月蹴り Crescent Kick (Crescent moon kick)
Yoko Geri 横蹴り Side kick (horizontal kick)

Karate Technical Terms - 技術用語
Name Kanji Notes
Bunkai 分解 Analysis of move by move / to disassemble
Enbusen 演武線 The lines that kata follow (directions)
Furueru Koshi 震える腰 Shivering Hip (Ugoki)
Heiho 兵法 Strategy / Tactics
Henkei 変型 Variation
Kamae 構え Full-body position / Pose
Kata Form, pattern, or shape (型 or 形)
Kiko 気功 Breathing Exercise
Mai Older term for "te/di", dancing
Oyō 応用 To Apply / To Use / Application
Shirizoku 退く Retreat
Tai Sabaki 体捌き Body movement / Repositioning
Ugoki 動き Movement/Motion - Method of movement
Yoi 用意 Prepared / Ready
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