Techniques

Stances

  • fudo dachi: rooted stance
  • haciji dachi: natural stance
  • hangetsu dachi: half-moon stance
  • heisoku dachi: informal attention stance
  • kiba dachi: horse stance / side stance
  • kokutsu dachi: back stance
  • kosa dachi: cross-legged stance
  • neko ashi dachi: cat stance
  • renoji dachi: L-stance (e.g. in the kata, Heian godan)
  • sanchin dachi: hourglass stance
  • shizentai: ready stance
  • katashi dachi: crane-like stance (e.g. in the kata Enpi)
  • tsuru ashi dachi: crane stance (e.g. in the kata Gakaku)
  • zenkutsu dachi: front stance
  • yoi dachi: basic stance

Blocking Techniques (Uke-waza)

Using the arms:

  • age-uke: rising high-level block
  • empi uke: elbow block (e.g in the kata, Heian sandan)
  • chudan barai: sweeping mid-level block
  • gedan barai: sweeping low block
  • gedan morote barai: double sweeping low block (usually while going into kiba dachi)
  • haiwan uke: square side block (e.g. in the kata, Heian nidan)
  • juji uke: x block
  • kaisho ake uke: open-palm rising block
  • kaisho haiwan uke: knife-hand square side block (e.g. in the kata, Heian yondan)
  • kaisho juji uke: open-palm x block (e.g. in the kata, Heian godan)
  • kakiwake uke: floating x block (e.g. in the kata, Heian yondan)
  • morote uke: double forearm block (e.g in the kata, Heian sandan)
  • nagashi uke: rising palm sweep block (e.g. in the kata, Tekki shodan)
  • osae uke: palm block
  • otoshi uke: dropping forearm block
  • shuto age uke: rising knife-hand block
  • shuto gedan barai: knife-hand sweeping low block
  • shuto uke: knife hand block
  • soto uke: outside forearm block
  • sukui uke: scooping block
  • tate shuto uke: half knife-hand block
  • te osae uke: dropping palm block
  • uchi ude uke: inside forearm block
  • uchi uke: outside mid-level block
  • uchi uke gyaku hanmi: inside mid-level block with reverse hand (e.g. in the kata, Heian nidan)
  • ude barai: reverse sweeping forearm block
  • kami tsukami: hair grab (e.g. in the kata, Enpi)
  • ushiro gedan barai: reverse low sweeping block (e.g. in the kata, Enpi)

Using the legs:

  • ashikubi kake uke: hooking ankle block
  • mika zuki geri uke: crescent kick block (e.g. in the kata, Heian godan)
  • nami ashi, a.k.a. nami gaeshi: leg snapping wave block (e.g. in the kata, Tekki shodan)
  • sokutei osae uke: pressing sole block
  • sokuto osae uke: pressing footedge block

Striking Techniques (Uchi-waza)

  • Age empi: Rising elbow strike
  • Age Zuki: Rising Punch
  • Choku zuki: Straight jab punch
  • Empi uchi: Elbow strike
  • Gyaku zuki: Reverse punch
  • Haishu uchi: Back hand strike
  • Haito uchi: Ridge hand strike
  • Hisami zuki: Scissor strike
  • Jun Zuki: front hand ‘jab’ punch, differing from Kizami Zuki in that shoulders are square
  • Kagi zuki: Hook punch
  • Kizami zuki: Straight, front hand lunging punch (like a ‘jab’)
  • Mae mawashi empi uchi: Augmented side elbow strike (e.g. in the kata, Heian yondan)
  • Mawashi empi: Hook elbow strike
  • Morote zuki: Double punch (e.g. in the kata, Tekki shodan)
  • Nakadaka Ippon Ken : one knuckle fist
  • Nukite: Spear-hand strike
  • Oi zuki: Lunge punch (shoulders square)
  • Sanbon zuki: Triple punch (age zuki, gyaku zuki, choku zuki)
  • Shuto uchi: Knifehand strike
  • Sokumen empi uchi: Augmented elbow strike (e.g. in the kata, Tekki shodan)
  • Tate zuki: Half reverse punch, with a vertical fist
  • Teisho furi uchi: Sideways palm-heel strike
  • Teisho uchi: Palm-heel strike
  • Tettsui: Hammer-fist strike
  • Tettsui hasami uchi: Hammer-fist scissor strike
  • Uraken uchi: Backfist strike
  • Ura zuki: Close short punch, with inverted fist, similar in nature to an ‘uppercut’
  • Ushiro empi: Back elbow strike
  • Yama zuki (“mountain punch”): Wide double fisted strike (e.g. in the kata, Bassai dai and Wankan)
  • Awase zuke: Narrow double fisted strike
  • Yoko empi: Side elbow strike
  • Yoko tettsui: Sideways hammer-fist strike (e.g. in the kata, Heian sandan)
  • Gyaku age zuki: Rising reverse punch (e.g. in the kata, Enpi)

Kicking Techniques (Keri-waza)

  • Ashi barai: Foot sweep
  • Fumikomi: Stomp kick
  • Hiza geri: Knee strike
  • Kin geri: Kick in the cross
  • Mae-ashi mae geri, a.k.a choku geri: Front kick with front leg
  • Mae geri: Front kick
  • Mae-ren geri: Double front kick (= double mae geri)
  • Mae tobi geri: Front flying kick
  • Mawashi geri: Roundhouse kick
  • Nidan tobi geri: Double jump kick
  • Tobi geri: Jump kick
  • Tobi ushiro mawashi geri: Jumping back roundhouse kick
  • Ushiro geri: Back kick
  • Ushiro kekomi: Back side thrust kick
  • Ushiro mawashi geri: Reverse roundhouse kick
  • Ushiro ura mawashi geri: Reverse back roundhouse kick
  • Yoko geri keage: Side snap kick
  • Yoko geri kekomi: Side thrust kick
  • Yoko tobi geri: Jumping side kick