Common Kendo Terms

Courtesies
• Arigato Gozaimashita :“Thank You” (for practicing with me)
• Domo Arigato Gozaimashita :“Thank You” (very polite context)
• Onigaishimasu : “Please” (practice with / teach me)
• Otagai ni Rei : “Bow to your peers”
• Sensei ni Rei : “Bow to the Sensei”
• Shomen ni Rei : “Bow to the Shomen”

Commands
• Hajime : Begin / Start
• Kamae-To : Assume your Stance.
• Men-Tore : Take off Your Men.
• Men-Tsuke : Put on Your Your Men.
• Mokuso : Meditation
• Osame-To : Put away your Weapon
• Seiza : Assume Seiza, the Formal Sitting Position.
• Seretsu : Line up.
• Sonkyo : Assume Sonkyo, the Formal Crouching Position.
• Yame : Stop.
• Yasume : Break / Rest Period.

Common Terms
The following is a list of general Kendo terms.
• Ai : (prefix) “Balanced”, (suffix) “Integration”
• Aite : Opponent
• Ai-Kakari Geiko : Both Kenkoka perform Kakari Geiko simultaneously.
• Ashi : Foot
• Ashi-Sabaki : Footwork.
• Ayumi-Ashi : “Walking” Footwork
• Bogu : Kendo Armor. See Men, Kote, Do, and Tare.
• Bokuto : Wooden Practice Sword.
• Chikama : A distance that is shorter than Issoku Itto
• Chisai : Small
• Chisai Waza : Small Techniques.
• Chudan no Kamae : Mid Level Kamae. The “Kamae of Water”.
• Chudan Hanmi no Kamae : A variant of Chudan no Kamae
while using the Kodachi.
• Daito : The Long Shinai used in Nito no Kamae.

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