Kenyukan Suffolk

Established since 1998


Terms used in the Dojo

Ohayo Gozaimasu Hello
Arigato Thank you (Informal)
Domo Thanks (Informal)
Domo Arigato Thank you (Formal)
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu Thank you (Very Formal)
Rei Bow
Tachi Rei Standing Bow
Zarei Kneeling Bow

Terms used throughout a normal practice session

Seiretsu Formation, make one straight line, taking your mark from the senior grade (Sempai)
Kiritsu Stand Up
Kamiza ni rei Bow to shinza (the terms kamiza and shomen may also be used)
Torei Bow to the sword(Litterally ‘sword bow’)
Battou/ Nuki tou Draw the sword
Zen go giri Forwards and backwards cutting
Nukitsuke suburi Horizontal cutting
O Chiburi Large Chiburi action
Yoko Chiburi Horizontal Chiburi
Noto Resheath the sword
Datto Remove the sword (and begin the finishing Torei)
Mou Ichi do onegaishimasu One more if you please (A request to repeat the previous movement or Kata)
Yo-i/ Youi Prepare, get ready to perfom (this is said so that everyone can react to the next command together and is also a warning to focus your mind on what is to come)
Hajime Begin/ Start
Yame Stop
Kai Time, indicates the number of repetitions (Hachi Kai = 8 times)
Onegaishimasu If you please (Often used when bowing together at the start of practice, welcoming the coming practice)
Sumimasen/ Gomen nasai Excuse me (both terms can be used to attract attention and ask a question. They can also be used when close to or in front of someone in the dojo
Doumo Arigatou Gozaimashita Thanking all for the practice and learning that has taken place. Used at the end of a practice
Dou Itashimashite Reply to the above (You’re welcome)
O Tsukare Sama Deshita A term of thanks (you have become tired from practice)