Basic commands you will hear at every training session:
|Rei||Palms together to salute|
|Naore||Bring your hands down|
|Onegaishimasu|| Please (say it clearly, look your partner in the eyes). Said
when starting something.
|Thank you for teaching me/ working with me (say it clearly too, look your partner in the eyes). Said when you have finished something.|
|Yame|| Stop! (You must obey this command instantly as it may be for
|Kiai|| Loud, snappy and brief Shout upon strike with fist or foot.
(Usually voiced as “Ai!”)
|Seiretsu|| Line up! Command issued by sensei / an instructor facing the
class. Shugo! is said right after.
|Shugo|| Assemble! Command given by the kenshi at the front row on
the right, when facing the mirror.
|Zentenkan||Turn around 180 degrees : either to face a training partner, or at the end to salute your sensei.|
|Sensei ni rei|| Palms together and salute your sensei. As soon as your
palms are in front of your face, say: Arigato Gazaimashita!
|Chakuza|| Sit down. Unless told otherwise, should always sit down on
your knees (Seiza).
|Seiza||Sit formally (kneel)|
|Anza||Sit comfortably (cross-legged)|