List of Judo Terminology – Key Words & Commands

Here are many of the key words and commands used in Judo terminology. This Japanese martial arts style utilizes Japanese words and commands. For the Japanese names of specific techniques (i.e. Hip Wheel Throw), please visit the main Judo Techniques section.

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Judo Terms & Commands – English to Japanese

  1. The person performing a technique – Tori
  2. The person on the receiving end of a technique – Uke
  3. Attention – Keiotsuke
  4. Begin – Hajime
  5. Belt – Obi
  6. Bow – Rei
  7. Break Your Fall – Ukemi
  8. Carry On (continue the contest) – Yoshi
  9. Collar of Uniform – Eri
  10. Counter Techniques – Kaeshi Waza
  11. Evasion – Sukasu
  12. Foot – Ashi
  13. Foot Techniques – Ashi Waza
  14. Form or Pattern – Kata
  15. Free Style Practice (non-scripted) – Randori
  16. Give Up – Maitta
  17. Grappling Techniques – Katame Waza
  18. Ground Techniques – Ne Waza
  19. Hand Techniques – Te Waza
  20. Hip Techniques – Koshi Waza
  21. Joint Locks – Kansetsu Waza
  22. Kick – Geri or Keri
  23. Kneeling Bow – Zarei
  24. Martial Arts School – Dojo
  25. Numbers – For the Japanese words for numbers such as 1-100, please visit the Japanese Numbers section.
  26. Practice/Training Mat – Tatami
  27. Punch – Tsuki or Zuki
  28. Referee – Shinpan
  29. Sacrifice Techniques – Sutemi Waza
  30. School (Judo) – Dojo
  31. Shoulder Throw – Seoi-Nage
  32. Stance – Dachi
  33. Start – Hajime
  34. Stop – Matte
  35. Sweeping Techniques – Harau
  36. Teacher/Instructor – Sensei
  37. Technique – Waza
  38. Throw – Nage
  39. Tournament, Contest or Sparring Match – Shiai
  40. Unbalancing An Opponent – Kuzushi
  41. Uniform – Judogi
  42. Warning – Keikoku

Judo Terms & Commands – Japanese to English

  1. Ashi Waza – Foot Techniques
  2. Dachi – Stance
  3. Dojo – School (Judo)
  4. Eri – Collar of Uniform
  5. Geri (Keri) – Kick
  6. Hajime – Begin/Start
  7. Harau – Sweeping Techniques
  8. Judogi – Uniform
  9. Kaeshi Waza – Counter Techniques
  10. Kansetsu Waza – Joint Locks
  11. Kata – Form or Pattern
  12. Katame Waza – Grappling Techniques
  13. Keikoku – Warning
  14. Keiotsuke – Attention
  15. Koshi Waza – Hip Techniques
  16. Kuzushi – Unbalancing An Opponent
  17. Matte – Stop
  18. Maitta – Give Up
  19. Nage – Throw
  20. Ne Waza – Ground Techniques
  21. Obi – Belt
  22. Randori – Free Style Practice (non-scripted)
  23. Rei – Bow
  24. Sensei – Teacher/Instructor
  25. Seoi-Nage – Shoulder Throw
  26. Shiai – Tournament, Contest or Sparring Match
  27. Shinpan – Referee
  28. Sukasu – Evasion
  29. Sutemi Waza – Sacrifice Techniques
  30. Tatami – Practice/Training Mat
  31. Te Waza – Hand Techniques
  32. Tori – The person performing a technique
  33. Tsuki – Punch
  34. Uke – The person on the receiving end of a technique
  35. Ukemi – Break Your Fall
  36. Waza – Technique
  37. Yoshi – Carry On (continue the contest)
  38. Zara – Kneeling Bow

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Judo Terminology – Shiai (Contest)

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