Japanese is a very complex language both in terms of pronunciation and writing. During our training, we use Japanese names for, among other things, the techniques. You will learn this over time! It is important to remember that we are not practicing to learn Japanese. You can say that ” we don’t speak Japanese, but we speak Ju Jutsu”!
In the beginning, it is most important to understand the instructor’s various command words.
Here are some of the most common words encountered in connection with our training.
Before training starts and after training:
One then performs a sitting bow (zarei) or a standing bow (tachirei).
• Seize!= Sit down!
• Mokuso!= Close your eyes!
• Mokuso yame!= Stop (the meditation), open your eyes!
• Rei!= Bow!
• Sempai ni rei! Bow to Sempai!
• Sensei ni rei! = Bow to Sensei!
• Shihan ni rei! =Bow to Shihan!
• Kiritsu! = Stand up!
During the training session:
• Hajime!= Start, start!
• Kiai!= Yell!
• Mawatte!= Turn around!
• Naore!= Return!
• Osu! = As a greeting phrase or confirmation that you have understood (in some dojos)
• Yame!= Stop, stop!
• Yoi! = Ready! Be prepared!
• Yokatta! = OK? Have you understood? (actually something like “everything good?)
When we count repetitions during an exercise or drill:
Shi/yon= 4 (in everyday speech, yon is most often used, since shi also means death, is therefore avoided in many contexts such as house numbers, table locations, etc.)
Ku = 9