Common Kendo Terms cont.

• Dan : Step or Level.
• Datotsu : Strike or Thrust.
• Debana Waza : Technique where one strikes as the Aite’s strike is
being executed.
• Do : Abdomen target / protector
• Dojo : “Practice Hall”.
• Fumi Komi : Lunging footwork practice.
• Gedan no Kamae : Low Level Kamae. The “Kamae of Earth”.
• Gi : The traditional practice shirt.
• Hakama : The traditional practice pants.
• HaraiWaza : Waza where one strikes the opponents Shinai to create
a Suki.
• Hasaki : “Cutting Edge”
• Hasso no Kamae : Variant of Jodan no Kamae . “The Kamae of
Wood”.
• Hidari : Left (direction).
• Hiki Waza : Techniques where ones strikes moving backwards.
• JiGeiko : Free sparring practice.
• Jodan no Kamae : High Level Kamae. The “The Kamae of Fire”
• Kaeshi Waza : Waza where one receives the Aite’s Shinai and then
counter attacks.
• Kakari Geiko : All out sparring practice.
• Kamae : Stance
• Katate Waza : One-Handed Waza.
• Keiko : “Practice”, “Training”, “Study”. Interchangable with Geiko.
• Kendo : “The Way of the Sword”.
• Kendoka : Kendo Student.
• Ki : “Spirit” or “Mental Energy”.
• Kihon : “Basic”
• Ki Ken Tai no Ichi : “Mind, Sword, and Body as One”
• Kiri Kaeshi : Coordinated practice of Shomen, Tai-Atari, and
Sayu-Men with an Aite.
• Kote : “Fore-arm” target, Glove.
• Men : Helmet, head target.
• Migi : Right (direction)
• Morote Waza : Two-Handed Waza
• Mune : Chest portion of the Do.
• Nito no Kamae : A Kamae using two Shinai; the Daito and the
Shoto.
• Rei : “Bow”
• Sempai : “Senior Student”.
• Sensei : “Teacher”.
• Seme : “Pressure”.
• Tsuki : Throat target.

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