Japanese Words We Use

Titles Commonly Used

Osensei
Revered teacher, Greatest Teachers, Highly regarded or respected teacher
Soke
Head of family or lineage
Kaicho
President (of a society)
Kancho
Head of dojo
Shihan
Chief instructor, teacher of teachers.
Shihandai
Assistant shihan
Sensei
Teacher
Yudansha
Black belt grades
Senpai
Senior Student and/or Teachers Assistant [meaning Senior to yourself].

Okinawa Teaching Licences

Hanshisei
Senior leader to Model Instructors, to be modeled after.

Exemplary Illustrious.

Hanshi
Senior leader to Model Instructors, to be modeled after.

Exemplary Illustrious.

Kyoshi
Master, Teaching instructor [teacher of teachers].

Eminent Instructor; Master Instructor.

Renshi
Senior Expert, Professional, Training instructor.

Highly trained; High Attainment

Numbers

Japanese
Pronunciation
English

rei
ray
zero

ichi
eech
one

ni
nee
two

san
san
three

shi (yon)
she
four

go
go
five

roku
roke
six

shichi (nana)
seech
seven

hachi
hach
eight

ku
koo
nine

ju
joo
ten

ju ichi
joo eech
eleven

ju ni
joo nee
twelve

ju san
joo san
thirteen

ju shi
joo she
fourteen

ju go
joo go
fifteen

ju roku
joo roke
sixteen

ju shichi
joo seech
seventeen

ju hachi
joo hach
eighteen

ju ku
joo koo
nineteen

ni ju
nee joo
twenty

san ju
san joo
thirty

shi ju
she joo
forty

go ju
go joo
fifty

Commands and phrases

Japanese
Pronunciation
English

arigato gozaimasu
ah-ree-gah-toh goh-zai-mas
thank you very much

do itashimas’te
doh-ee-tash-ee ma-she-tay
you’re welcome

hajime
hah-jee-may
begin

kawate
kah-wah-tay
on guard

kime
ke-mee
focusing technique

kiotsuke
kee-oh-skay
stand up straight!

konbon wa
cone-bon wah
good evening

konnichi wa
cone-ichi-ee wah
good afternoon

koshi o ireru
ko-she o ee-re-roo
“putting in the hip”

mate
mah-tay
wait

mawatte
mah-wah-tay
turn around

mokuso
moh-koo-soh
quiet meditation

onegai shimasu
oh-neh-guy she-mas
please (teach me)

otagai ni
oh-tah-gah-ee nee
toward each other

otagai ni rei
oh-tah-gah-ee nee ray
bow to each other

otagai ni taishi
oh-tah-gah-ee nee ta(i)-sh(e)
face the teacher

rei
ray
bow with respect

sensei ni rei
sen-say nee ray
bow to the teacher

sensi ni taishi
sen-say nee ta(i)-sh(e)
face the teacher

shomen ni rei
shoh-men nee ray
bow to the front

shomen ni taishi
shoh-men nee ta(i)-sh(e)
face the front

shugo
shoo-go
line up, gather together

wakarimasen
wah-car-ee-mah-sin
I do not understand

wakarimasu
wah-car-ee-mas
I understand

wakarimasu ka?
wah-car-ee-mas kah
do you understand?

yame
yah-may
stop

yoi
yoy
ready, attention

Other words

Japanese
Pronunciation
English

atemi
ah-teh-me
strike (often to distract)

barai
bah-rye
sweep

bunkai
boon-keye
application of kata techniques

bushido
boo-she-doh
the way of the warrior

dai ichi
die-eech
The first

deshi
deh-she
student, pupil

dojo
doe-joe
place to learn the way

dogi (gi)
doe-ghee (ghee)
karate uniform

hai
hi
yes

hidari
hee-dah-ree
left

hojo undo
hoe-joe oon-doe
supplementary exercises

ido
ee-doe
moving, with movement

iya
ee-yay
no

jiyu kumite
jee-yu koo-meh-tay
freestyle sparring

junbi undo
joon-bee oon-doe
warmup exercises

karateka
kah-rah-tay-kah
karate student

kiai
key-eye
spirit yell

kihon
key-hon
basics

kiso tanren
key-soh tan-ren
foundation drill conditioning

kokyu ho
koh-kyu how
breathing methods

kotekitae
koh-teh-key-tay
arm pounding

kumite
koo-meh-tay
sparring

obi
oh-bee
belt

makiwara
mah-kee-wah-rah
striking board

migi
mee-gee
right

seiza
say-za
formal sitting on knees

shiai
she-eye
sparring match

sonoba
soh-no-bah
in place, not moving

waza
wah-zah
technique

yakusoku kumite
yah-k(oo)-soh-koo koo-meh-tay
pre-arranged sparring