Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt


Ura

"Reverse," "hidding," or "rear."

Ura zuki

Reverse punch

Uraken

Reverse fist

Ushiro

"Back," "rear," or "behind."

Utsu

To strike or to hit

Uye

"Up" or "upward."

Wa

"Accord." An ancient Japanese term for harmony, accord, and coordination.

Wado ryu

"Way of peace." A Japanese style of karate developed from jujutsu and earlier karate styles. It is one of the four major karate systems practiced in the world today.

Waki

"Side" or "flank."

Wakizashi

"Short sword." The shorter of the samurai's two swords, with a blade of sixteen to twenty-three inches long.

Waza

Technique

Wing chun

"Beautiful springtime." A form of Chinese kung fu that centers around strong linear punches and centerline movement.

Wushu

"War arts." A highly gymnastic, traditional sport-like artform characterized by several styles

Yang

"Active" or "positive." In ying-yang theory, the positive aspect associated with what is described as centrifugal, expansive and extroversive.

Yari

Spear

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