Taido Vocabulary

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While martial arts places a great deal of focus on “Self Improvement”, Taido also emphasizes family values and involvement in the community. Many of our Taido families have multiple members taking Taido at the same time, which helps build strong family bonds. Students are also taught to apply all of the positive aspects of Taido to their personal life, in an effort to affect society in a positive way.

Taido utilizes an atmosphere of teamwork, and emphasizes a “Best Effort” philosophy that creates an extremely positive training experience. Student testing is based on both school standards and personal growth. Taido is a unique art/sport in that it enables students to learn at their own pace without the pressure of affecting the progress of others. While personal goals are emphasized, it is also expected that students will work cooperatively with teachers and other students for certain team building activities such as tournaments, demonstrations, and special classes such as gymnastics and sparring.

Taido differs from other martial arts and forms of karate in that its techniques emphasize three-dimensional rather than two-dimensional movement. The nature of these innovative techniques makes them both practical and adaptable, making Taido the martial art of the twenty-first century.

Seiretsu Lining up
Seiza Correct sitting posture (sitting on the heals; kneeling)
Mokusoo Meditation; close your eyes
Mokusoo yame End of meditation; open your eyes
Rei Bow
Onegai shimasu Please let me train with you (difficult to translate)
Arigatoo gozaimashita Thank you
Tate Get up
Hai Yes
Yame Stop
Yooi Prepare; get ready
Naotte Back to the original position
Hajime Star; go!
Taijiku Body axis
Kidoosen Line or course on which the movements are carried out
Kidooten The exact spot from where you start when performing a technique
Hidari Left
Migi Right
Hantai The opposite; change sides
Kiai Strong cry; exhalation and shout
Maai Distance
Tsuki Punch
Nukite Spear hand
Shoomen The front