Karate Glossary

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Japan Karate Association Author: Super User
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The Japan Karate Association is the oldest and most influential martial arts organization.  It is officially approved by the Japanese as an association of members for the promotion of karate.  The organization was originally formed by Gichin Funakoshi's senior students Isao Obata Masatoshi Nakayama and Hidetake Nishiyama on May 27 1949.

Ippon-ken Author: Super User
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(eep-pone ken): One-knuckle fist

Hiza-uke Author: Super User
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(he-zah oo-kay): Knee block

Heiko-dachi Author: Super User
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(hay-koh dah-chee): Parallel stance

Hangetsu-dachi Author: Super User
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(hahn-geh-tsue dah-chee): Half-moon stance

Haito-uchi Author: Super User
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(hi-toe oo-chee): Ridge-hand strike

Haishu-uchi Author: Super User
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(hi-shoo oo-chee): Back hand strike

Hachiji-dachi Author: Super User
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(hah-chee-gee dah-chee): Open leg stance feet position \  / similar to the kanji for Hachi.

Gyaku-zuki Author: Super User
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(gya-koo zoo-key): Reverse punch

Gishin Funakoshi Author: Super User
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Gichin Funakoshi is often called the Father of Modern Karate.  He was born on November 10 1868 and died April 26 1957 at the age of 88.  He was not the founder of karate but was instrumental in promoting karate in Japan.

Geri Author: Super User
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(geh-rhee) Kick

Gedan-uke Author: Super User
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(geh-dahn oo-kay): Lower level block

Gedan-barai Author: Super User
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(Geh-dahn bah-rye): Downward sweeping block

Gedan Author: Super User
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Gedan

(geh-dahn) Lower Level

Fumikomi Author: Super User
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Fumikomi

(foo-me-koh-me): Stamping kick