TERMINOLOGY

Onegai-shimasu – Please teach us

Arigato – Thank you

Dojo – Sacred Hall of Learning (Training Room)

Deshi – Students

Sempai – Senior student

Sensei – Teacher

Gi – Karate uniform

Kata – Form; an organized series of prearranged defensive and offensive movements symbolizing an imaginary fight between several opponents and performed in a geometrical pattern.

COUNTING

Ichi(1) One

Ni – (2) Two

San – (3) Three

Shi – (4) Four

Go – (5) Five

Roku – (6) Six

Shichi – (7) Seven

Hachi – (8) Eight

Ku – (9) Nine

Ju – (10) Ten

TESTING & RANKING

Testing and promotions are held several times a year. The focus of our traditional karate-do is not on promotions and belt colors, but rather on training and diligent practice of kata.

Our ranks and belt colors up until black belt are as follows:

Beginner (White Belt)
Ro-Kyu (White Belt with one green tip)
Go-Kyu (White belt with two green tips)
Yon-Kyu (Green belt)
San-Kyu (Green belt with brown tips)
Ni-Kyu (Brown belt)
Ik-Kyu (Brown belt with black tips)

Qualification requirements for testing and promotion are described in detail in the Red Book (see below) on pages 78-79.

WHERE TO BUY A GI

A recommended vendor for purchasing a gi is Ki International. They can be found on-line at

http://www.kiintl.com/

Click on Karate-gi in the left menu. There are two white light-weight options at the bottom of the page.

In the Twin Cities, gis and other martial arts supplies can be purchased at Rising Sun Martial Arts Supply.

http://www.risingsunmartialartssupply.net/

A note on sizing: The gi should be loose fitting. The company’s Sizing Chart is based only on height. Depending on your body build you may want to order one or two sizes larger than their chart recommends. You may also need to hem the legs and sleeves for proper length.

BOOKS

The following books are recommended reading to supplement your training. They can be purchased from your instructor or on-line.

The Shorin-Ryu Okinawan Karate Question & Answer Book (aka, the Red Book) by Robert Scaglione and William Cummins

The Shorin-Ryu Okinawan Karate Question & Answer Book (aka, the Red Book) by Robert Scaglione and William Cummins

Karate of Okinawa - Building Warrior Spirit with Gan, Soku, Tanden, Riki (aka, the Green Book) by Robert Scaglione and William Cummins

Karate of Okinawa – Building Warrior Spirit with Gan, Soku, Tanden, Riki (aka, the Green Book) by Robert Scaglione and William Cummins

The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do (Shorin-Ryu) by Shoshin Nagamine

The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do (Shorin-Ryu) by Shoshin Nagamine

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