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10th Kyu Vocabulary

Senior students (ages 12 and above) will be tested on these terms before earning 10th Kyu, or Advanced White Belt. Junior ranks (under age 12) are not tested on these terms, but should be familiar with them.

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Yame: (Yah-may) Stop! or Freeze!

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Osu: (Oos) Literally, "yes." A word of response and recognition which signifies agreement or that you have given your attention.

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Gi: (Gee, with a hard g) Martial arts uniform.

Members of different schools or organizations can frequently be identified by their matching uniforms.

Awase Kenpo Karate-Do: (Ah-wah-say Ken-poh Kah-rah-tay Doh) Combined Fist Methods and Way of the Empty Hand.

This is the full name of our style of martial arts. Kenpo can also be translated as "Law of the Fist."

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Kiotsuke: (key-oats-kay) The command to come to attention.

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This is our style's Soke. Other styles have Grandmasters who are referred to or adressed as "Soke" also.

Soke: (So-kay) Grandmaster or founder of a martial arts Style.

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Sensei: (Sense-ay) Literally means "teacher."

In our school, "Sensei" refers to someone who is a Senior Black Belt of First Dan or above and has satisfied the requirements for Sensei licensure.

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Hajime: (Hah-jee-may) To begin or move.

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O-jigi: (Jee-gee) The command to bow.


9th Kyu Vocabulary

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