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Uechi-Ryu Karate Terminology

Although knowing the proper terms used on Okinawa does not make you more proficient in the art, many teachers and students wish to use Japanese terms during their workouts.

Although the following list is by no means complete, I have included all terms that are commonly used in a workout. Naturally should you wish a further explanation or understanding of the description of the workout, you should take a course in the Japanese language.

Uechi-ryu is pronounced Way Chee Roo.

Pangainoon is pronounced as written.

The eight Kata or formal exercises of Uechi-Ryu Karate are:

1. Sanchin (pronounced as spelled) means three modes or conflicts.

2. Kanshiwa (pronounced as spelled); other spellings are Conchabu or Conchabo. This is the second form taught.

3. Koncho (pronounced as spelled). This is the third form taught.

4. Seichin (pronounced Say chin). This is the fourth form taught.

5. Seisan (pronounced Say san). This is the fifth form taught.

6. Seirui (pronounced Say roo). This is the sixth form taught.

7. Konchin (pronounced as spelled). This is the seventh form taught.

8. San seirui (pronounced San say ru). This is the eighth form taught.

Kotickitai (pronounced Ko tick i tay). Arm rubbing and pounding exercise.

Karate school: Dojo

Karate student: Karateka

Karate teacher: Sensei

Karate uniform: Gi

Karate belt: Obi

Beginning student ratings: Kyu

Advanced ratings: Dan