Judo Terminology

Judo Terminology & Commands

Here are many of the key words, terms and commands used in Judo. This 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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Wiki Related Pages

  1. Japanese – Numbers – How to count in Japanese (i.e. count off during Judo stretches)
  2. Japanese – Names of Body Parts – Japanese names for body parts (i.e. head or foot)

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. Practice/Training Mat – Tatami
    26. Punch – Tsuki or Zuki
    27. Referee – Shinpan
    28. Sacrifice Techniques – Sutemi Waza
    29. School (Judo) – Dojo
    30. Shoulder Throw – Seoi-Nage
    31. Stance – Dachi
    32. Start – Hajime
    33. Stop – Matte
    34. Sweeping Techniques – Harau
    35. Teacher/Instructor – Sensei
    36. Technique – Waza
    37. Throw – Nage
    38. Unbalancing An Opponent – Kuzushi
    39. Uniform – Judogi
    40. 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. Shinpan – Referee
  27. Sukasu – Evasion
  28. Sutemi Waza – Sacrifice Techniques
  29. Tatami – Practice/Training Mat
  30. Te Waza – Hand Techniques
  31. Tori – The person performing a technique
  32. Tsuki – Punch
  33. Uke – The person on the receiving end of a technique
  34. Ukemi – Break Your Fall
  35. Waza – Technique
  36. Yoshi – Carry On (continue the contest)
  37. Zara – Kneeling Bow

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