Terminology by Rank

8th kyu

  • Five precepts of Yoshukai Karate
  • Yoshukai – Strive for Excellence
  • Japanese Headquarter – Kitakyushu City, Japan
  • US Headquarter – Dothan, Alabama
  • World Director: Kaicho Katsuoh Yamamoto (Judan – 10th degree)
  • US Directors: Master Hiroaki Toyama (Hachidan), Master Mike Culbreth (Hachidan)
  • Twenty-Seven Movements – Nijushichi No Kata
  • First Basic Form – Kihon Kata Shodan
  • Instructor – Sensei
  • Karate School – Dojo
  • Karate Uniform – Dogi
  • Belt – Obi
  • Bow – Rei
  • Yell – Kiai
  • Prepare – Yoi
  • Fist to Hip – Tsuki
  • Finish – Yame
  • Attention – Kiyotsuke


7th kyu

  • Second Basic Form – Kihon Kata Nidan
  • Third Basic Form – Kihon Kata Sandan
  • Front Stance – Zenkutsudachi
  • Defensive Straddle Stance – Boubi Shikodachi
  • Offensive Straddle Stance – Kougeki Shikodachi
  • Upper Block – Jodan Uke
  • Inside Center Block – Chuudan Uchi Uke
  • Outside Center Block – Chuudan Soto Uke
  • Down Block – Gedan Uke
  • Fist – Seiken
  • Upper Punch – Jodan Zuki
  • Center Punch – Chuudan Zuki
  • Down Punch – Gedan Zuki
  • Front Kick – Mae Geri
  • Round Kick – Mawashi Geri
  • Side Kick – Yoko Geri
  • Begin – Hajime
  • Relax – Yasume
  • Empty Hand – Karate


6th kyu

  • Year Yoshukai was Founded: 1963
  • Year Yoshukai was brought to the US: 1967
  • Year WYKKO was founded: 2000
  • Highest ranked US instructor: Master Toyama (Hachidan- 8th degree)
  • West Coast Director: Shihan Gerry Blanck (Shichidan- 7th degree)
  • Yoshukai Byword – Patience – Nin
  • Fourth Basic Form – Kihon Kata Yondan
  • Advancing and Retreating – Zenshin Kotai
  • Ready Stance – Uchihachijidachi
  • Attention Stance – Musobidachi
  • Forward Stance – Mae Dachi
  • Scissor Stance – Hasamidachi
  • Knifehand Block – Shuto Uke
  • Palm Heel Block – Shotei Uke
  • Ridgehand Block – Haito Uke
  • (Upper/Center/Down) Same Side Punch – (Jodan/Chuudan/Gedan) Jun Zuki
  • (Upper/Center/Down) Reverse Punch – (Jodan/Chuudan/Gedan) Gyaku Zuki
  • Knife Hand – Shuto
  • Inward Knife Hand – Ura Shuto
  • Backfirst – Uraken
  • Palm Strike – Shotei
  • Ridge Hand – Haito
  • Elbow Strike – Embi
  • Knee – Hiza Geri
  • Hammer Fist – Tsutsuken
  • Jump Front Kick – Nidan Geri
  • (Inside/Outside) Crescent Kick – (Uchi/Soto) Ko Geri
  • Flying Side Kick – Tobi Yoko Geri
  • Black Belt Rank – Yudansha
  • Right – Migi
  • Left – Hidari


5th kyu

  • Five precepts of Yoshukai Karate in Japanese
  • Four Ways – Shiho Hai
  • Basic Nunchaku Form – Kihon Kata Nunchaku
  • One Legged Stance – Ippon Ashidachi
  • Parallel Stance – Heikodachi
  • Immovable Stance – Fudodachi
  • Elbow Block – Embi Uke
  • Knee Block – Hiza Uke
  • Back Hand – Haisho
  • Bent Wrist – Koken
  • Spear Hand – Nukite
  • Hook Kick – Kake Geri
  • Forward Spinning Side Kick – Zenpou Yoko Geri
  • Shin Kick – Sune Geri
  • Ball of Foot – Koshi
  • Instep – Haisoku
  • Blade of Foot – Sokuto
  • Heel – Kakato
  • Tail of Nunchaku – Shiri
  • Grip of Nunchaku – Nigiri
  • Head of Nunchaku – Atama
  • Joint of Nunchaku – Tsunagi
  • Good Morning – Ohayo
  • Good Afternoon – Konnichiwa
  • Good Evening – Konban Wa
  • Thank You – Arigato
  • Goodbye – Sayonara
  • Yes – Hai
  • No – Iie
  • Stop – Matte
  • Turn – Mawatte
  • Close eyes – Mokuso
  • Open Eyes – Kaimoku
  • Ready – Kumae
  • Ready weapons – Kumae-te
  • Falling – Ukemi
  • Yudansha – Shodan and Nidan (1st & 2nd degree)
  • Sempai – Sandan (3rd degree)
  • Shihan-Dai – Yondan (4th degree)
  • Shihan – Yondan through Shichidan (5th degree to 7th degree)
  • Kaicho – President (Master Toyama & Master Culbreth)
  • Soke – Founder (Master Yamamoto)


4th kyu

  • Patch – Yata no Kagami (truth, goodness, beauty)
  • Yoshukai – Association of Continued Improvement
  • Thirteen Hands – Seisan
  • First Basic Nunchaku Form – Kihon Kata Shodan Nunchaku
  • Cat Stance – Neko Ashidachi
  • Sword (Kneeling) Stance – Iai Dachi
  • (Upper/Lower) Crosshand Block – (Jodan/Gedan) Juji Uke
  • Back Hand Block – Haisho Uke
  • 2 Finger Spear Hand – Nihon Nukite
  • Head Strike – Zutsuki
  • Axe Kick – Kakato Otoshi
  • Back Spinning Side Kick – Ushiro Yoko Geri
  • Do you understand? – Wakarimasu ka
  • I understand – Wakarimasu
  • How are you? – O genki desu ka
  • I am fine – Genki desu
  • Punching Board – Makiwara


3rd kyu

  • Yoshukai Motto – Make efforts and you will achieve – Rikki Hitatsu
  • First Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Shodan Bo
  • Horse Stance – Kibadachi
  • Hourglass Stance – Sanchin dachi
  • Back Stance – Kokutsudachi
  • Wedge Block – Kakiwake Uke
  • Flying Knee – Tobi Hiza Geri
  • Chasing Punch – Oizuki
  • Spinning Crescent Kick – Ushiro Ko Geri
  • Tornado Kick – Tobi Mawashi Ko Geri
  • (Front/Back) Spinning Hook Kick – (Zenpou/Ushiro) Kake Geri
  • Back Kick – Ushiro Geri
  • Center of Bo – Shin
  • Shoulder of Bo – Kata
  • Striking Area of Bo – Monouchi
  • Point of Bo – Yari
  • The way – Michi
  • Kneel down – Seiza
  • Stand up – Kiritsu
  • Line up – Seiretsu
  • Breaking – Tameshiwari
  • Art of catching a sword with your hands – Shinkinshirahidori


2nd kyu

  • Yoshukan – Precursor to Yoshukai, Training Hall of Continued Improvement
  • Twenty-Four Steps – Niseishi
  • Second Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Nidan Bo
  • Advancing and Retreating Sai – Zenshin Kotai Sai
  • Bear Hand – Kumade
  • Jump Round Kick – Nidan Mawashi Geri
  • Jump Spinning Hook Kick – Tobi Ushiro Kake Geri
  • Jump Spinning Crescent Kick – Tobi Ushiro Ko Geri
  • Full Point – Ippon
  • Half Point – Wazari
  • Judge’s Decision – Hantei
  • Change feet – Kaete
  • Technique – Waza


1st kyu

  • Vision of the Crane Small- Rohai Sho
  • Third Basic Bo Form – Kihon Kata Sandan Bo
  • Fighting to the Four Directions Sai – Shiho Hai Sai
  • Chasing Kick – Oigeri
  • Head of Sai – Tsukagashira
  • Grip of Sai – Nigiri
  • Nail of Sai – Tsume
  • Striking Area of Sai – Monouchi
  • Point of Sai – Yari
  • Leg – Ashi
  • Hand – Te
  • Karate student – Seito
  • Front of dojo – Shomen
  • Heaven and Earth Posture – Zenshi-no-kamae

Kanji

Rikki Hitastu
Rikki Hitastu

 

 

 

 

Michi
Michi

 

 

 

 

 

Yoshukai
Yoshukai

 

 

 

 

Karate
Karate

 

 

 

 

 

Patience
Patience

 

 

 

 

 

Shodan

  • Special Black/White Belt – Madara Obi
  • Continued Improvement – Yoshu
  • Vision of the Crane Minor Sai – Rho Hai Sho Sai


Nidan

  • Vision of the Crane Large- Rohai Dai
  • Endless/Infinity – Mugen
  • Twisting Body Motion – Tenshin
  • To Breach a Fortress – Bassai
  • Fighting to the East – Chinto
  • Ending the Morning Mist – Shounnokon


Sandan

  • Monks of Peace – Sochin
  • Rolling Palms – Tensho
  • Head of Tonfa – Atama
  • Grip of Tonfa – Nigiri
  • Tail of Tonfa – Shiri


Yondan

  • Thirty-Four Hands – San Shi Ryu


Godan

  • Tiger Eyes – Ru San
  • Dragon Mountain – Ryu San
  • Dragon in the Sky – Un Ryu
  • Inspired by Kung Shang K’ung – Kusanku