Dojo Glossary

Glossary of terms.

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Seiza

(say-zah): Sitting Kneeling posture

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Sempai

(sehm-pye): Senior student

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Sensei

(sehn-seh-ee): Instructor or teacher

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Shi

Shi (she): Four

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Shichi

(Shih-chee): Seven

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Shihan

(shee-hahn) Head instructor

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Shizentai

(she-zen dah-chee): Natural position

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Shuto-uchi

(shoe-toe oo-chee): Knife hand strike

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Shuto-uke

(shoe-toe oo-kay): Knife-hand block

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Simba

The word Simba is from the Swahili language which refers to the African Lion.

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Sochin-dachi

(so-chin dah-chee): Diagonal straddle-leg stance

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Soto-uke

(so-toh oo-kay): From outside center block

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Tai sabaki

(tye sah-bah-key): Body movement

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Taiso

(tie-so): Tai meaning body and So meaning hardening, is a Japanese term for conditioning the body.

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Tanden

(tahn-dehn):  Breathing center in lower abdomen

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