Inashi & Irimi

Inashi & Irimi  Inashi is the act of placing oneself in such a position that enables one to dodge an oncoming attack. It is a movement that takes you out of your opponent’s seichusen by either trapping, deflecting and or evading his line of attack. Irimi is the act of entering into the opponent’s space…

Glossary – Kicking Techniques

ASHIBARAI – Foot sweep made by sweeping the opponent’s foot out from under him. FUMIKOMIGERI – Stamping kick made downwards with the side or heel of the foot. HIZAGERI – Forward knee strike. HIZAMAWASHIGERI – Roundhouse knee strike. KINGERI – Groin kick made with the top of the foot. MAEGERI – Front kick made with…

Glossary – Punching Technigues

Punching techniques (突き技 Tsukiwaza) and Striking techniques (打ち技 Uchiwaza) AWASEZUKI – Combined punch made with one hand punching Urazuki and the other punching Seizuki. EMPI – Elbow strike made upwards, downwards, sideways, inwards, outwards, forwards, or backwards. GYAKUZUKI – Reverse hand punch made with Seizuki. GYAKUZUKI TSUKKOMI – Reverse hand lunge punch. HAISHU – Back…

Glossary – Blocking

GEDANUKE/GEDANBARAI – Low block or low parry made with the forearm. Fist starts palm up at the opposite shoulder and sweeps down and across the body, twisting on contact. Can also be made with shuto or shotei. HAISHUUKE – Back hand block. Block made with the back of the hand moving from inside to outside.…

Glossary – Stances

CHINTODACHI – Chinto stance. The toes of both feet are on a line towards the opponent. Both feet are angled in roughly the same direction with the front foot turned in slightly more than the rear foot. Weight is even. GYAKU NEKOASHIDACHI – Reverse cat stance. Feet are roughly in the same position as in…

Glossary – General Terms

This is an extensive list of Karate and Wado Kai terms. You will find the Japanese romanized in English characters on the left and the explanation on the right. Pronunciation of Japanese vowels is simple and is as follows. A – ‘ah’ sound as in father I – ‘ee’ sound as in ink U – ‘ou’…