Karate Techniques (Waza)

Stances (Dachi)

Punches (Zuki)

Blocks (Uke)

Kicks (Geri)

Strikes (Uchi)



Miscellaneous Terms


Sempai Instructions (at start and end of class)

What to say

  1. Seidetsu
  2. Seiza
  3. Mokuso
  4. Kamaku
  5. Shomen ni Rei
  6. Sensei ni Rei
  7. Otagai ni Rei


  1. Sigh-dets
  2. Say-za
  3. Mock-so
  4. Cam-mack
  5. Sho-men-nee-ray
  6. Sen-see-nee-ray
  7. O-ta-guy-nee-ray


  1. Line up
  2. Sit (kneeling)
  3. Close eyes
  4. Open eyes
  5. Bow to front
  6. Bow to teacher
  7. Bow to each other

When to Say It

  1. Start of class
  2. All lined up
  3. All in seiza
  4. After brief period
  5. Eyes are open
  6. Sensei faces class
  7. After previous bow

Dojo Kun (rules for the dojo - led by Sempai, repeated by all)

The Dojo Kun is a declaration recited by all karate students, usually at the end of a training session before the final bows. The purpose of the Dojo Kun is to remind everyone in the dojo, regardless of rank, to take the underlying principles of Shotokan karate and make them a regular part of their daily life. Each line is recited by the sempai and repeated by everyone else.

What to say

Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto!

Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto!

Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto!

Hitotsu! Reigi o omonzuru koto!

Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto!


One! To strive for perfection of character!

One! To defend the paths of truth!

One! To foster the spirit of effort!

One! To respect others!

One! To refrain from violent behaviour!

Japanese Pleasantries