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The Glossary page is intended to explain the terms found on this web site. All Japanese terms on the site will be linked to this page, or simply browse the list below....

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B
Bo Stick/Staff
Bofurigata Spining/twirling movement with the staff
Bojutsu The art or technique of using the Staff
Budo Martial arts
Bujinkan "Devine Warrior Hall" - the name of Hatsumi Soke's martial arts organisation
Butoku "Martial Virtue/Spirit"
C
Chi Ryaku no Maki "The power of Earth book" - The second volume of Ten Chi Jin Ryaku no Maki
D
Daikomyosai The three day training event which takes place in Japan to celebrate Hatsumi Soke's birthday
Do Jime A "choke" applied to opponent's sides, usually with the legs
Dojo "Way Place" - the place where you train
Doko no Kamae "Angry Tiger" posture
E
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Furi Spin/Twirl
G
Ganseki Nage "Throwing a big rock" - Principle throwing technique in the Bujinkan
Gi Training uniform - more correctly called a Keikogi, or Dogi
Gokui no Uta A poem intended as a hint for the continuation of the student's training and his quest for mastery
Gyaku Gi "Joint Locking" techniques
Gyaku Jime "Reverse restriction/choke"
H
Haraigoshi "Brushing the Waist" Body throw
Hatsumi Masaaki Hatsumi - The current Bujinkan Soke
Hombu The central/main dojo
Hon Jime "Principle restriction/choke"
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Ichimonji "Figure one" posture
J
Jo Stick used for fighting which measures from the floor to the user's chin when stood upright
K
Kamae Attitude or posture
Kanji The pictographic characters used in written Japanese
Kata Pre-arranged forms
Katana The standard Japanese sword
Keiko "Training/Practice"
Kihon Foundation, basis, standard
Kihon Happo The eight fundamental practice forms of the Bujinkan
Koe The weak area of the body which lies in the incision of the hip and groin (femoral artery)
Kotsu "Essence" - a point
Kukishinden Ryu "Nine demon Gods school"
Kumi Uchi The traditional grappling position - your right hand grabs your opponent's left lapel and your left hand holds his right sleeve at the elbow
Kuukan "Space" and the timing within the space
Kyojutsu The exchange of truth and falsehood, deception
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Nage Waza "Throwing Techniques"
Naginata Polearm weapon - a short, curved blade on a long haft
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Obi The belt wrapped around the waist and tied at the front
O Yoroi Full Japanese Armour
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R
Randori 'Sparring', or free practice
Rokushakubo Six-foot staff
S
Sabaki Movement
Seigan no Kamae "True Heart/Eye" posture
Sensei Honorary title for a teacher
Shidoshi Instructor
Shihan Honorary title of "Master"
Shimewaza Restriction techniques, commonly known as "chokes"
Shinden Fudo Ryu "Immovable Heart School"
Shuriken "Hand released blades" - throwing spikes, can also refer to the throwing "stars" (Shaken)
Soke "Head of the Family" - the Grandmaster
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Taihenjutsu Body skills such as rolling, leaping and "breakfalls"
Taijutsu "Body Art" - the technique/skill of using the body
Ten Chi Jin Ryaku no Maki "The power of Heaven, Earth, and Man book" - Fundamental practice forms of the Bujinkan Dojo
Tori When refering to a person in training - the one applying the technique
Tsuba The guard on a Japanese sword
U
Uke "Receive" - when talking about a person, it is the one who receives the technique
Ukemi Commonly referred to as a breakfall, although really it is the act of receiving/accepting an attack or even the floor, etc.
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Waza Technique
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Z
Zenpo Geri Front stamping kick, using the heel as a weapon

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