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Ashi-sabaki (足さばき) Footwork
Ayumi-ashi(歩み足) Walking step, right foot-left foot

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Bogu(防具) Armour consisting of a helment, chest protector, waist protector and gloves
Bokken(木剣) Wooden sword with two edges
Bokuto(木刀) Wooden sword with one edge
Budo(武道) Way of martial arts

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Chudan-no-kamae
(中段の構え)
The middle guard position, wth the sword pointing at the opponent's throat

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Dan(段) Level; black belt rank
Do, Dou(胴) Armour covering the torso, a strike to the torso

Path
Dojo(道場) Training hall; Buddhist temples and any training hall where a "Way" is practiced.

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Gi(着) Training uniform
Gedan-no-kamae
(下段の構え)
Lower guard position

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Hai(はい) Yes
Hakama(袴) A divided skirt-like pant. It is usually black or dark blue and is worn by men women of all ranks.
Hasso-no-kamae
(八相の構え‎)
A guard position where the sword is held to the right side of the head, with the cutting edge pointed toward the opponent.
Hidari(左) Left
Hiraki-ashi(開き足) Sideways step

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Jigeiko(地稽古) Free practice
Jodan-no-kamae
(上段の構え)
Upper guard position

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Kakarigeiko(掛稽古) All-out attack practice
Kamae(構え) Guard position
Kanji(漢字) Japanese or Chinese written characters
Kata(形) Fixed form or coreographed sequences of movements used as a learning technique in martial arts
Katana(刀) Sword
Keiko(稽古) Practice session or training
Keiko-gi(稽古着) Jacket
Kenjutsu(剣術) Swordmanship, the techniques of using a sword for combat
Ki(気) Fundamental creative principle (force, energy)
Kiai(気合い) Full of ki; on the physical plane kiai is manifest as a piercing shout emanating from the depths of onefs being. On the spiritual plane, it is manifest as a steady outpouring of vital energy.
Kirikaeshi(切り返し) Continuous strikes of right and left men alternately
Kodachi(小太刀) Short sword
Kohai Junior student
Kote(小手、籠手) Gloves, forearm, or strike to forearm

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Maai(間合い) Distance; a proper space between two partners varies with the height of the partners and whether or not they are holding weapons
Men(面) Face or head; the helmet
Migi(右) Right

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Noto Resheathing the sword

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Okuri-ashi(送り足) Sliding step with leading right foot

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Reigi(礼儀) Etiquette or courtesy

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Sage-to Holding the shinai at the left side of the body
Seiza(正座) Formal style of sitting
Sempai(先輩) Senior student
Sensei(先生) Teacher; title use for instructor
Shidachi(仕太刀)  
Shinai(竹刀) Bamboo sword
Shoumen(正面) (1) Front or top of head; (2) Front of the dojo
Shomen-uchi
(正面打ち)
Strike to the front or top of the head
Sonkyo(蹲踞) Knee-bend squat
Suburi(素振り) Shinai swinging practice
Suri-ashi(すり足) Sliding step

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Taiatari(体当たり) Body strike
Tare(垂れ) Waist protector
Tenugui(手ぬぐい) Traditional hand towel, worn under the men
Tsuba(鍔) Sword guard
Tsugi-ashi(継ぎ足) Short step
Tsuka(柄) Hilt of sword
Tsuki-dare(突き垂れ) Throat protector

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Uchi-deshi (1) Inner discipline; (2) A student who lives in the dojo and acts as a 24 hour trainee/attendant
Uchi(打ち) Strike

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Waza(技) (1) Technique; (2) Practice
Waki-gamae(脇構え) Guard position with shinai at one side to conceal the blade

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Zanshin(残心) Unbroken concentration; zanshin is the "following through" of a technique. A moment of settling and stillness at the completion of a technique where one has complete and continuous awareness of onefs surroundings.



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