Ann Arbor | Martial Arts Words You Want to Know
These Japanese words are commonly spoken at the dojo. Not only do they carry a deep historical significance, but enhance the overall quality of the Ann Arbor martial arts dojo experience!
Martial Arts Terms
This term means "Yes!" When a command is given, the response should be a short, spirited "hai!" Saying, "Yes" or "Yeah" is disrespectful.
先生 means "teacher". It acknowledges the honor of being taught by one who excels at the subject.
先輩 means "senior". It usually refers to the more senior students of the class.
後輩 means "junior". It refers to the students with lower ranks in the class.
黙想 means "meditate".
I request to train with you.
畳 refers to the mat.
道場 means "place of the way".
This means "front". It traditionally means an area for a Shinto shrine at the front of the room. However, most dojos simply refer to the front of the room as the shomen.
Martial Arts Counting
One. The count is shortened to the monosyllabic "each".
Two. It sounds like "knee".
Three. It sounds like "sahn".
Four. It sounds like "she".
Six. It's shortened to "roehk".
Seven. It's shortened to "sheech".
Eight. It's shortened to "hawch".
Nine. It sounds like "queue".
Ten. It sounds like "Jew".
At the Japanese Martial Arts Center, Iaido, Nihon Jujutsu, Judo, and Karate are taught. If you have any questions, visit our Ann Arbor martial arts dojo or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.