Student Resources

This section is a repository of information and reference materials for students of karate. This section is updated regularly so check back often.


Karate Creed

This is the Karate Creed. It is a solemn promise that you will never attack or use karate against someone unless it is absolutely necessary. You must be able to recite it from memory by your first brown belt grading.

I come to you with karate.
I have no weapons.
Should I be forced to defend myself
As a matter of right or wrong,
My honour or my principles,
My God or my country,
Then here are my weapons:
My empty hands.

Mouth Guard Instructions

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a full boil. Next to the boiling water, place a container of cold water, deep enough to dip the mouth guard into the water.

  2. Drop the mouth guard into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove with tongs. Dip the mouth guard into cold water for 1 second.

  3. Immediately place the mouth guard around the upper teeth. The mouth guard will be warm but will not burn. Instantly secure guard by pressing tongue against the back of the upper teeth and press the back of the mouth guard with thumbs into upper teeth. Leave the guard in mouth for 30 seconds. Bite gently and suck all air and water out until a tight fit forms around upper teeth.

  4. Remove mouth guard and place in cold water. If you do not get a tight fit, repeat the procedure. For smaller mouths, the back portion on both sides of the mouth guard may be trimmed.

  5. Rinse your mouth guard after each use. Allow the mouth guard to dry before placing it in its container for storage.

Karate Terms and Translations


Ichi: one
Ni: two
San: three
Shi: four
Go: five
Roku: six
Shichi: seven
Hachi: eight
Ku: nine
Ju: ten

General Terms

barraki: grading
dan: grade
dachi (daw-chee): stance
damashi (daw-maw-shee): fighting spirit
dojo (doe-joe): practice hall
geri (gay-ree): kick
hara (haw-raw): center of body
iai-uchi (I-oo-chee): mutual striking
ippon kumite (ipp-on koo-me-tay): one step sparring
jyu kumite (jer koo-me-tay): free style sparring
karate (kaw-raw-tay): empty hand
karate-do (kaw-raw-tay doe): the way of karate
kata (kaw-taw): forms
kempo (kem-poe): law of the fist
kiai (key-ai): harmonization of body, mind, and spirit
kime (key-may):  focus
kumite (koo-me-tay): sparring
makiwara (maw-key-wan-raw): punching board
mushin: empty mind
sensei (sen-say):  honourable teacher
Shorin Damashii ji: spirit of the Shaolin Temple
Shorin Ryu: way of the Shaolin Temple
shiai (shee-ai): tournament
uke (oo-kay): block
waza (wah-zaw): techniques
zanshin: total awareness; combat awareness
zuki (zoo-key): punch

Parts of the Body

empi (em-pee): elbow
hiza (hee-zaw): knee
ken (ken): fist
kokato (koe-kah-toe): heel
koshi (koe-shee): ball of foot
seiken (see-ken): forefist
sokuto (so-koo-toe): knife edge of foot
te (tay): hand
ude (oo-day): forearm
uraken (oo-raw-ken): backfist


kaegi (kay-ee-gi): snap
kekomi (keh-koe-me): thrust
mae geri (my gay-ree): front kick
mawashi geri (mah-wah-shee gay ree): roundhouse kick
tobi geri (toe-bee gay-ree): flying kick
ushiro geri (oo-shee-row gay-ree): back kick
yoko geri (yo-ko gay-ree): side kick

Punches and Strikes

akmano seiken zuki (ack-man-o see-ken zoo-key): double forefist punch
gyaku zuki (yah-koo zoo-key): reverse punch
haito (hi-ee-toe): ridge hand
ippon ken (ipp-on ken): single knuckle fist
ippon nukite (ipp-on noo-key-tay): singlepoint spearhand
ippon seiken zuki (ipp-on see-ken zoo-key): single forefist punch
kagi zuki (kaw-gee zoo-key): hook punch
morote zuki (mow-row-tay zoo-key): side by side punch
nukite (noo-key-tay): spear hand
oi zuki (oy zoo-key): thrust punch
sandan seiken zuki (san-dan see-ken zoo-key): triple forefist punch
shuto uchi (shoo-toe 00-chee): knifehand strike
tate zuki (tah-tay zoo-key): vertical punch
teisho uchi (tie-show oo-chee): palm heel strike
tettsui (tet-soo-ee): hammer fist
tsuki (soo-key): palm-up strike
yama zuki (yah-mah zoo-key): over and under double punch


hachi dachi (haw-chee daw-shee): natural stance
ippon ashi dachi (ippon ash-ee daw-shee): one-leg stance
kiba dachi (key-bah daw-shee): straddle (horse) stance
kokutsu dachi (ko-koot-soo daw-shee): back (three-point) stance
kosa dachi (ko-sah daw-shee): transition stance
neko-ashi dachi (neck-o aw-shee daw-shee): cat stance
quoiski (ko-ee-skee): attention stance
zenkutsu dachi (zen-koot-soo daw-shee): forward stance


chudan soto uke (choo-dan so-to oo-kay): outside middle block
chudan uchi uke (choo-dan oo-chee oo-kay): inside middle block
gedan barai (gay-dan bah-rye): low sweeping block
jodan uke (joe-dan oo-kay): upper block
mawashi uke (mah-wah-shee oo-kay): circular block
morote so-uke (mow-row-tay so-00-kay): reinforced block

Kata List

Legacy Shorin Ryu Kata

Kyu (Colour Belt) Kata

Pinan Shodan
Pinan Nidan
Pinan Sandan
Pinan Yondan
Pinan Godan
Nihanshi Shodan
Nihanshi Nidan
Nihanshi Sandan
Patsai Sho
Patsai Dai

Dan (Black Belt) Kata

Kusanku Dai

Matsumura Hakutsuru Kan Kata

Hakutsuru So
Hakutsuru Ton
San He
Ryu Shoken
Duken Sanchin
Hakutsuru Sho
Hakutsuru Dai

Dojo Rules

We have some rules at Zanshin Dojo that all of our students are expected to follow. In respecting these rules, you’ll help the dojo maintain a safe and supportive environment where every student has an opportunity to learn and grow.

  1. Bow when you enter the dojo, and bow before you leave. Do not leave the dojo unless you have permission from the sensei. If you arrive late, bow, then move to the side and kneel until you receive instructions from the sensei.

  2. Students should behave with kindness, courtesy and respect, both inside and outside of the dojo.

  3. Don’t ever start a fight, inside or outside of the dojo. Any student who does not follow this rule risks expulsion from the dojo.

  4. Higher belts: help lower belts. Lower belts: listen to higher belts.

  5. No food, gum or beverages are allowed in the dojo, aside from a personal water bottle.

  6. No sparring without the permission of the sensei. Sparring gear is always required. Ask before using any equipment in the dojo.

  7. Keep a focused and serious attitude in the dojo. No profanity or loud talking is permitted.

  8. Don’t criticize other karateka.

  9. Keep your fingernails and toenails clipped, and make sure your karate-gi is clean and presentable for class.

  10. Students should attend class at least once weekly. A student who misses class for more than one month consecutively without permission may not be permitted to continue as a member.

  11. No rings, watches, earrings, necklaces, or other jewelry may be worn during class.

  12. No student under the rank of black belt may teach karate to another person without the permission of the sensei.

  13. All black belts are to be addressed as sensei.

  14. Lower belts are responsible for keeping the dojo clean and tidy. Higher belts should make sure this is done.