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Aikido Terminology

  • Aikidoka – a person, who practises Aikido,
  • Uke – your partner (attacker),
  • Jo – wooden staff, used for attack and kata's 
  • Bokken – a wooden sword, used for attack and kata's
  • Tanto – a wooden knife, or blunt metal knife (designed to be as realistic and safe for training purposes).
  • Dojo – a place of learning/training,
  • Sensei – a teacher commonly used in martial arts to address the instructor.
  • Dan – black belt rank (1st and so on).
  • Hakama – a pleated divided skirt, worn by black belts,and optional for women at all ranks.
  • Gi – the training uniform,
  • Ki – the spirit / internal energy,
  • Kyu – lower grade belts,
  • Seiza – the traditional sitting position on the knees