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Learn Judo Words, Commands, Numbers & Terminology

Here are many of the key words, terms and commands used in Judo. This martial arts style utilizes Japanese words and commands. To learn how to count in Japanese (for Judo stretches, etc.), visit the Judo Numbers page.

For the Japanese names of specific techniques (i.e. Hip Wheel Throw), please visit the main Judo Techniques section.

For other martial arts words & commands, please visit the main Martial Arts Terminology section.

Judo Terms & Commands - English to Japanese

  1. The person performing the technique - Tori
  2. Attention - Keiotsuke
  3. Begin - Hajime
  4. Belt - Obi
  5. Bow - Rei
  6. Break Your Fall - Ukemi
  7. Carry On (continue the contest) - Yoshi
  8. Collar of Uniform - Eri
  9. Counter Techniques - Kaeshi Waza
  10. The person on the receiving end of a technique - Uke
  11. Evasion - Sukasu
  12. Foot Techniques - Ashi Waza
  13. Form or Pattern - Kata
  14. Free Exercise/Sparring - Randori
  15. Give Up - Maitta
  16. Grappling Techniques - Katame Waza
  17. Ground Techniques - Ne Waza
  18. Hand Techniques - Te Waza
  19. Hip Techniques - Koshi Waza
  20. Joint Locks - Kansetsu Waza
  21. Kneeling Bow - Zarei
  22. Martial Arts School - Dojo
  23. Practice/Training Mat - Tatami
  24. Sacrifice Techniques - Sutemi Waza
  25. School (Judo) - Dojo
  26. Shoulder Throw - Seoi-Nage
  27. Start - Hajime
  28. Stop - Matte
  29. Sweeping Techniques - Harau
  30. Teacher/Instructor - Sensei
  31. Techniques - For the Japanese names of most Judo techniques (i.e. specific throws), please visit the main Judo Techniques section.
  32. Unbalancing An Opponent - Kuzushi
  33. Uniform - Judogi
  34. Warning - Keikoku

Judo Terms & Commands - Japanese to English

  1. Ashi Waza - Foot Techniques
  2. Dojo - School (Judo)
  3. Eri - Collar of Uniform
  4. Hajime - Begin/Start
  5. Harau - Sweeping Techniques
  6. Judogi - Uniform
  7. Kaeshi Waza - Counter Techniques
  8. Kansetsu Waza - Joint Locks
  9. Kata - Form or Pattern
  10. Katame Waza - Grappling Techniques
  11. Keikoku - Warning
  12. Keiotsuke - Attention
  13. Koshi Waza - Hip Techniques
  14. Kuzushi - Unbalancing An Opponent
  15. Matte - Stop
  16. Maitta - Give Up
  17. Ne Waza - Ground Techniques
  18. Obi - Belt
  19. Randori - Free Exercise/Sparring
  20. Rei - Bow
  21. Sensei - Teacher/Instructor
  22. Seoi-Nage - Shoulder Throw
  23. Sukasu - Evasion
  24. Sutemi Waza - Sacrifice Techniques
  25. Tatami - Practice/Training Mat
  26. Te Waza - Hand Techniques
  27. Tori - The person performing the technique
  28. Uke - The person on the receiving end of a technique
  29. Ukemi - Break Your Fall
  30. Yoshi - Carry On (continue the contest)
  31. Zara - Kneeling Bow

Members - If you add a Judo term or command, please add the English/Japanese equivalent to both columns. Thanks.

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