Aikido

(Eye-key-doe)

•  Ai = Harmony, Ki = Spirit, Do = The Way or Path

Aiki Taiso

(Eye-key Tie-sow)

•  Aikido Exercises

Bokken

(Bow-ken)

•  Wooden Sword used in practice

Bushido

(Boo-she-doe)

•  Warrior's Code. The way of the warrior.

Deshi

(Day-she)

•  Student, pupil, disciple.

Dojo

(Doe-joe)

•  Training hall or school.

Dori

(Doe-ree)

•  Hold

Gi

(Ghee)

•  Training uniform.

Hakama

(Hah-ka-mah)

•  A divided, pant-like skirt.

Hanmi

(Hawn-me)

•  Triangular stance.

Hidari

(Hee-dah-ree)

•  Left (direction or side)

Hiji

(Hee-jee)

•  Elbow

Irimi

(Ee-ree-me)

•  To enter; entering.

Jiyu Waza

(Jee-you Wah-zah)

•  Free style techniques/practice.

Jo

(Joe)

•  Wooden staff. Standard size is 52 inches long.

Kata

(Kah-tah)

•  Shoulder. Also can mean 'form' practice of pre-arranged exercises or movements.

Katate dori

(Kah-tah-tay Door-eee)

•  Wrist grab

Keiko

(Kay-koh)

—  Practice session; training.

Ki

(Key)

•  Energy or Spirit—the vital force of the body; Universal Energy

Ki no Nagare

(Key-noh Nah-gah-ray)

•  Flowing energy or movement.

Kiai

(Key-eye)

•  A piercing scream or cry with practical and psychological value meaning - 'Meeting of the Spirits'.

Kokyu

(coke-you)

•  Breath power—the coordination of ki flow with breathing.

Kokyu Dosa

(coke-you doe-sah)

•  A method of off-balancing and pinning your partner with your 'ki' instead of with your physical power.

Kyu

(Cue)

•  Aikido rank. A mudansha or non black belt level.

Maai

(Mah-eye)

•  Distance between uke and nage;— meaning 'harmony of space'.

Migi

(Me-ghee)

•  Right (direction)

Nage

(Nah-gay)

•  The person who throws or is attacked. Throw.

Obi

(Oh-bee)

•  Belt.

O'Sensei

(Oh sen-say)

•  The great teacher. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Randori

(Rahn-doe-ree)

•  Multiple attack.

Rei

(Ray)

•  Bow or Salutation.

Ryote Dori

(Ree-oh-tay Door-eee)

•  Both hands.

Sempai

(Sem-pie)

•  Senior student.

Sensei

(Sen-say)

•  Teacher, instructor.

Seiza

(Say-zah)

•  Formal sitting posture.

Shomen

(Show-men)

•  Front or top of the head. Altar at the front of the dojo.

Suburi

(Sue-boo-ree)

•  A single movement using the bokken or jo. This is done as a solo practice.

Suwari Waza

(Sue-wah-ree Wah-zah)

•  Seated techniques.

Tachi-Dori

(Tah-chee Door-eee)

•  Techniques of sword taking.

Tai No Henko

(Tie-noh Hen-ko)

•  Basic blending exercise of turning or tenkan.

Tanto

(Tahn-toe)

•  Wooden knife.

Tegatana

(Tay-gah-tah-nah)

•  Hand blade. Sword edge of the hand.

Tenkan

(ten-kahn)

•  Turning.

Tsuki

(Tski)

•  Thrust or punch.

Uke

(Ooo-kay)

•  The person attacking or being thrown by nage.

Ukemi

(Ooo-keh-me)

•  The art of falling away from harm.

Ushiro

(Ooo-she-row)

•  Behind or rear.

Yokomen

(Yoh-koh-men)

•  Strike to the side of the head.

Yudansha

(You-dahn-shah)

•  Black belt grade holder.

 

COUNTING TO TEN 

Ichi eee-chee

Ni - knee

San - sahn

Shi - she

Go - goh

Roku - row-koo

Shichi she-chee

Hachi hah-chee

Ku koo

Ju - joo

 

Onegai Shimasu

(Oh-nigh-guy-she-mahss)

•  I make a request. (spoken when one wishes to practice with a fellow student or teacher)

Sensei, domo arigato gozaimashita

(Sen-say, doe-moe ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mah-she-tah)

•  Sensei (teacher), thank you very much. (spoken by students at the end of class)

Gomen Nasai

(Go men Nah sai)

•  Sorry

Ohayo gozaimasu

(Ohio go-zah-ee-mahs)

•  Good Morning (said before 10:00 am)

Konnichi wa

(Cone-knee-chee-wah)

•  Good day (said after 10:00 am)

Konban wa

(Cone-bahn wah)

•  Good evening

Oyasumi nasai

(Oh-yah-sue-me nah-sigh)

•  Good night

Arigato gozaimasu

(Ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mahss)

•  Thank you (this is in the present tense)

Hajime

(Hah-jee-may)

•  Let's start!

Yame

(Yah-may)

•  Stop!