Although many are, not all of you, Dear Readers, are hard core karatekas. To fully enjoy my previous post, Blue And A Half, the understanding of a few concepts is necessary: this article intends to bring a little bit of clarity into the jargon.
The image above shows the color belts of the Kyu ranks in my kyokushin organization. The progression is from left to right, white is beginner, then orange is 10th kyu, orange with a stripe (not shown) is 9th kyu, blue is 8th, 7th with a stripe (that’s me), then yellow for 6th and 5th, green for 4th (Alex) and 3rd, and finally brown for 2nd and 1st (Mr. Ye) – After 1st kyu, you can earn a black belt, also called shodan.
Shodan also means beginner – traditionally, black belt is where the learning really starts; when you attain shodan, you have come full circle from beginner to beginner
- Sanchin dachi – the stance of the three battles.
- Yoi – get ready.
- Kihon – set of basic techniques (like a punch or a kick).
- Pinan Sono San – Kata Pinan 3, requested for 8th kyu.
- Kata – Formalized sequence of techniques.
- Kiai – the famed karateka shout.
- Osu – Salute.
- Kyu – grade before black belt (from 10 novice to 1 most advanced).
- Kumite – sparing, combat.