Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt - S
"Senior." Usually denotes any senior by age, rank, position or social standing.
"Fighting will" or "fighting spirit."
The washers above and below the tsuba of a samurai sword
"Young forest" or "small forest." A method of kung fu based on eight postures and five animal forms: dragon, snake, tiger, crane and leopard.
A competitive match between Japanese martial artists
A bout or match
"Knee walking." A method of moving forward while keeping one knee constantly on the ground. Knee walking was originally a polite way of moving in a house, especially before a lord.
"Lower seat." In a traditional Japanese dojo, the area where students line up and face their instructor(s). Also known as "shimoza."
A fencing practice sword, made of bamboo strips, and used in the practice of kendo.
"Real sword." An actual life or death encounter.
"Stopped mind." A condition in which one remains exclusively defensive.