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Atemi

Direct strike to a sensitive point (e.g. the face). It is often used to deflect uke's attention in order to hide tori's movement.


Chudan-tsuki

Punch or stab to the lower part of the upper body (hip, stomach); mnemonic: chudan with "u" as in "under"


Gedan-tsuki

Punch or stab to the knee (especially with the jo)


Jodan-tsuki

Punch or stab to the upper body (chest, throat, head); mnemonic: jodan with "o" as in "top"


Kata-dori

Uke grabs one of tori's shoulders, more specifically the fabric of the jacket at the front of the shoulder.

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Kata-dori-men-uchi

Combined attack by grabbing shoulder with one hand and striking to the face with the other hand.


Katate-dori

Uke grabs one of tori's wrists with one hand.

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Kesa-giri

Diagonal downward cut with the sword, following the line of the kesa (= the front hemline of the jacket).

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Men-uchi

Strike or stab to the face or throat


Morote-dori

Gripping the wrist/forearm with two hands


Mu-gamae

"Empty" posture: non-threatening sword posture, when the BOKKEN is lowered sideways to invite UKE to attack

Muna-dori

Grabbing the lapel or hem at the front of the jacket; also spelled Mune-dori.

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Randori

Attack by a number of ukes at the same time. Very often, the attack is ryokata-dori, and the most common technique is kokyu-nage.


Ryokata-dori

Uke grabs both shoulders of tori, more specifically the fabric of the jacket at the front of the shoulders.

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Ryote-dori

Uke grabs both of tori's wrists.

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Shomen-uchi

Shomen-uchi is a vertical strike to the head or forehead of tori.

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Tanto-dori

Attacking unarmed tori with a knife


Tsuki

Punch or stab with the fist or a weapon (bokken, jo, tanto); pronounced "tski".


Ushiro-eri-dori

Grabbing the collar from behind with one hand


Ushiro-kakae-dori

Bear hug from behind (squeezing the chest with both arms)


Ushiro-katate-dori-kubishime

Choking hold from behind where UKE's other hand fixates TORI's hand.

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Ushiro-ryohiji-dori

Grabbing both ellbows from behind


Ushiro-ryokata-dori

Grabbing both shoulders from behind


Ushiro-ryote-dori

Uke grabs both of tori's wrists from behind. This attack is usually practised dynamically, starting from the front with contact of one hand. It is also known as ushiro-tekubi-dori.


Yokomen-uchi

Yokomen-uchi is a diagonal strike to the temple or neck of tori.

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