Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt


Tjabang

An iron truncheon similar to the Okinawan sai

Tobu

An expression referring to the head area except the face

Tomoe

"Circular" or "stomach."

Tonfa

"Handle." An old Okinawan farming tool developed as a weapon by Okinawan farmers.

Tsuba

The guard of a samurai sword

Tsuka

The handle of a samurai sword

Tsuki

Thrust

Tsuzukete

"Continue." A term used by the referee in a karate match, most frequently after a scoreless exchange.

Uchi

Strike

Uchi deshi

"Apprentice." An old Japanese practice where a student was apprenticed to a martial arts master in order to become an instructor in turn.

Ude

Forearm or arm

Uechi ryu

An Okinawan style of karate founded by Kanbum Uechi. It is characterized by linear patterns and forceful breathing

Uke

"Receiver." The partner upon whom the technique is executed.

Ukemi

"Breakfalling." The art of using shock-dispersing action such as rolls and breakfalls to avoid injury when falling.

Undong

Exercise

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