Basic Vocabulary

Notes:

There is no single, agreed-upon transliteration of Japanese mora (phonemes) into English. Therefore you may encounter variant spellings and word groupings in other sources.

Vocabulary

One heart or mindI sshin
Technique, method passed down Ryuu
EmptyKara
HandTe
Way, howDoo
Karate practice hallDoo joo
Front, main, faceShyoomen
PleaseOnegai shimasu
Thank you very much Doo mo arigatoo gozaimashta
TeacherSensei
AttentionKi o tsuke
BowRei
BeginHajime
StopYame
Reverse directionHan tai
Karate uniformGi
BeltObi
Traditional, formal exerciseKata
Studying applications of kata sequenceBu n kai
Spirit yellKi ai
Spear handNuki te
Knife handShyu too
Practice fighting, sparringKumi te
One-step sparring Ippon gumite or Ippon kumite
Karate practicionerKarateka
Black belt rankDan
Rank below black beltKyu
You're welcomeDoo itashimashte
From me as wellKochira koso
OneIchi
TwoNi
ThreeSan
FourShi
FiveGo
SixRoku
SevenShichi
EightHachi
Nine Kyuu or Ku
TenJyuu
ElevenJyuu ichi
TwelveJyuu ni
TwentyNi jyuu
Twenty-oneNi jyuu ichi
ThirtySan jyuu
FortyYon jyuu
FiftyGo jyuu
SixtyRoku jyuu
SeventyNana jyuu
EightyHachi jyuu
NinetyKu jyuu
One hundredHyaku
One hundred oneHyaku ichi
Two hundredNi hyaku
One thousandSen