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The Sei Shin Kan is a traditional Japanese Martial Arts Dojo. For that reason, during the course of your training in the Dojo, you will encounter many Japanese terms known as Dojo Yogo - Training hall vocabulary. As a student of Japanese Martial Arts, you are strongly encouraged to learn as much of the Dojo vocabulary as possible. Some of the vocabulary such as the commands used in class and the names of certain techniques are required for some of your rank examinations. You are not required to learn the entire Japanese language. Rather, you should learn the professional Dojo "jargon" to enhance your study of not only your chosen martial art, but also as an introduction into Japanese culture. As you increase your personal martial arts book library, you will see the importance of knowing the Dojo Yogo. Virtually all of the books on the various Japanese martial arts refer to the techniques described with Japanese terminology. In addition to that, when a guest comes to our Dojo from Japan, or you have the opportunity to train in Japan, a working knowledge of the Japanese terminology will greatly improve training relationships and understanding. Training from one Japanese Dojo to another may be different but the general jargon used within them is usually the same.

Think of the Japanese vocabulary as a way to communicate professionally within the martial arts environment. Every professional field has its own jargon that outsiders do not always understand. Take the military for example. Or, have you ever heard Doctors discussing a medical problem? When Doctors say, Myocardial infarction, other Doctors know exactly what they are talking about but most other people do not know that they have just used the professional term for heart attack. It can be said then that the use of Japanese terminology is one of the things that we all have in common no matter which martial art we study, and it is one of the things that unite us as professionals in our field.

Japanese pronunciation is relatively simple to master. Just pronounce the vowels as shown in the chart below.

The "G" sound is always pronounced hard like the sound of g as in God. The "R" sound is pronounced like a flat r and often sounds like an L or a soft D. There is no stress accent in Japanese but there is a pitch accent.

NOTE: These pages are not meant to be a complete work on Japanese vocabulary or a dictionary. It is simply to be used as a reference guide for some of the terms that you will encounter during your training at the Sei Shin Kan. The listings are not complete and will be updated from time to time. Keep in mind that not all translations are literal translations.

For maximum results you should have copies of the Sei Shin Kan Nihongo Study Guide Series Manuals Vol. 1 - Japanese to English and Vol. 2 - English to Japanese. Both volumes have companion cassette tapes which you can listen to in your car and video tapes that work like a flash card system that you can watch at home. The manuals, cassette tapes and video tapes are only available at Sakura Martial Arts Supply Co. Inc.

These pages were constructed by John Viol Shihan and Paula Jones Sensei.

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