Student Information

Seishin Juku Dojo Etiquette


Etiquette and standards of behaviour are very important in karate.

The dojo is the Japanese name for the place of training. 


All members of Seishin-Juku Karate Club are to practice correct Dojo etiquette which must be observed at all times:



    • Bowing upon entering and leaving the Dojo

    • Bowing to your instructor and more senior grades

    • No talking inside the Dojo, unless absolutely necessary

    • No jewellery or other personal adornments may be worn

    • Students must have clean and short finger and toe nails

    • Students must ensure that their gi is clean, tidy, and respectable

    • Students must try to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the lesson start

    • Students that arrive late may not be allowed to train

    • No food, drink or chewing in the Dojo

    • Decorum should be observed at all times


Students have a responsibility to behave in a manner which maintains and enhances the reputation of the dojo, and to refrain from any form of behaviour that may reflect badly on their fellow students or instructors.

Karate Glossary

Blocks (Uke)


Age Uke  =  Upper Rising Block

Gedan Barai = Downward Block

Morote Uke = Forearm Block 

Shuto Uke = Knife Hand Block

Soto Uke = Outside Block

Uchi Uke = Inside Block


Punches (Zuki)


Choku Zuki = Straight punch

Gyaku Zuki = Reverse Punch 

Kizami zuki = Straight, front hand lunging punch (like a 'jab')

Oi Zuki = Lunge Punch

Sanbon zuki = Triple punch (age zuki, gyaku zuki, choku zuki)


Kicks (Geri)


Keage = Snap Kick

Kekomi = Thrust Kick

Mae Geri = Front Kick

Mawashi Geri = Round Kick

Ushiro geri = Back kick

Ushiro mawashi geri = Reverse roundhouse kick

Yoko Geri = Side Kick


Stances (Dachi)


Hangetsu dachi = Half-moon stance

Kiba Dachi = Straddle Leg Stance (Horse riding stance)

Kosa dachi = Cross-legged stance

Zenkutsu Dachi =Front Stance

Kokutsu Dachi = Back Stance


Areas of the body


Jodan = Face area 

Chudan = Stomach area

Gedan = Lower half of body 

Empi = Elbow 


Fighting/sparring (Kumite)


Gohon Kumite = Five Attack Sparring 

Ippon Kumite = One Attack Sparring 

Jiyu Ippon Kumite = Semi-Freestyle One Attack Sparring

Jiyu Kumite = Freestyle Sparring


General terms


Dojo = Training Hall Gi = Karate suit 

Hajime = Begin

Hamni = Half round facing

Kamae-Te = Take up position

Kata = Form

Kihon = Basic Training

Yame = Stop

Yasume = End of Exercise

Yoi =Prepare Yourself