Intermediate Vocabulary

Notes:

White belts are not required to know these intermediate vocabulary words for promotion to yellow belt.

A reminder on pronunciation:

Learning the general terms, positions, and weapons first will make it far simpler to remember the technique names.

General Terms

TechniquesWaza
BlockUke
StrikeUchi (also Ate)
PunchTsuki
KickKeri (becomes Geri at the end of a word)
Sweep, parryHarai (becomes Barai at the end of a word)

Positions

Upper areaJyoo dan
Middle areaChyuu dan
Lower areaGe dan
FrontMae
SideYoko
BackUshiro (also Ura)
UpwardAge
DownwardKuda
InsideUchi
OutsideSoto
Turning, rotating aroundMawashi (also Kai)
RightMigi
LeftHidari

Weapons

HandTe (also Shyu)
FistKen
Front of the first two knucklesSei ken
Back of the first two knuckles, backfistUra ken
PalmShyoo
ElbowEmpi
KneeHiza
FootAshi
Ball of the footKoshi
HeelKakato

Strikes

Straight punchSei ken tsuki
Same-side (as the forward leg) punchSei ken oi tsuki
Reverse (from the forward leg) punchSei ken gyaku tsuki
UppercutAge tsuki (also Jyoo dan tsuki)
Spear handNuki te
BackfistUra ken
Knife hand, Sword handShyu too
Roundhouse punchMawashi tsuki
Ridge handHai too
Palm heel strikeShyoo tei (also Tei shyoo)
Elbow strikeEmpi uchi
HammerfistTe tsui

Blocks

Head blockJyoo dan uke
Side blockChyuu dan uke
Leg blockGe dan uke (also Ge dan barai)
Open hand blockShyu too uke (also Te gata barai)
Inside palm heel blockUchi shyoo tei uke (also Uchi tei shyoo uke)
Ridge hand blockHai too uke

Kicks

Straight kickMae geri
Snapping straight kickMae geri keage
Side kickYoko geri
Roundhouse kickMawashi geri
Heel thrust kickMae geri kekomi (also Mae kon ate)
Heel stomp kickFumikomi
Angle kickFumikiri geri (also Shyoba kon ate)
Back kickUshiro geri
Crescent kickMikazuki geri
Outside-to-inside crescent kickUchi mikazuki geri
Inside-to-outside crescent kickSoto mikazuki geri
Hook kickKagi geri
Jumping straight kickMae tobi geri
Knee strikeHiza geri