Language

Counting

Counting

Guide to explain how to count to ten in Japanese and in the Okinawan dialect (Hogen). Neither is "better" for class, they are just different.
Terminology List

Japanese Terminology List

It is best to learn Japanese terms as you learn a concept or technique, rather than trying to memorize them from a list. That being said, sometimes you forget words or terms and need to look them up. I refer…
Japanese Language Basics

Japanese Language Basics

Why speak Japanese in the Karate dojo? Karate is no longer “Japanese only,” but because of the international scope which Karate has taken, it is practical to be familiar with the original language of Karate. Karate terms in Japanese should…
Japanese – Part II

Japanese – Part II

Few instructors in Okinawa or Japan will offer you instruction in English. My first seminar in Shorinkan was with two Kudan instructors who spoke little English.
Japanese – Part I

Japanese – Part I

The first traditional value that all Karate schools should incorporate is a basic knowledge of the Japanese language.