Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt - K


Kanzashi

"Hairpin." An ornamental hairpin used for self-protection by the women of feudal Japan.

Karate

"Empty hand" or "China hand." An unarmed method of combat in which all parts of the anatomy are used to punch, strike, kick or block.

Karateka

A karate practitioner

Kashira

"Pommel cap" or "ferrule." A metal cap covering the tip of the hilt of Japanese swords, daggers and so forth.

Kata

A series of prearranged maneuvers practiced in many of the Oriental martial arts in order for one to become proficient in techniques

Katana

"Sword." A Japanese sword, with a curved, single-edged blade twenty-four to thirty-six inches long.

Keibo

A wooden club used by the Japanese police

Kendo

"The way of the sword." The modern art and sport of Japanese fencing. The object of a kendo contest is to deliver scoring cuts to an opponent's predetermined target areas.

Kenjutsu

"Art of the sword." An aggressive method of swordsmanship practiced by the Japanese feudal warriors in which the combatants pitted naked blade against naked blade.

Kenkyaku

"Fencer." One of many words used to describe those who lived by the sword, especially in literary usage.

Kenpo

"Fist Law." A modern term describing one of the more innovative martial arts practiced in Hawaii and the Americas, developed by Ed Parker.

Keri

Kick

Ki

"Spirit." Ideally, the mental and spiritual power summoned through concentration and breathing that can be applied to accomplish physical feats. This centralized energy, possessed by every person, can be manifested through the practice of just about any martial discipline.

Kiai

"Spirit meeting." A loud shout or yell of self-assertion most common to the Japanese and Okinawan martial disciplines.

Kihap

See "ki."

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