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Kabuto
The helmet worn by the Japanese samurai. It was made of iron or laquered leather, and was secured to the head by a series of silk cords.
  
Kachi
Win" or "victory.
  
Kachinuki Shiai
A type of contest in which a contestant takes on each opponent in succession without rest between matches until he or she is defeated. Each win counts as one, and a draw counts as one-half but eliminates both contestants.
  
Kagi Yari
"Key spear." A hooked spear used for parrying and hooking an opponent's weapon. Like the jutte, it was useful to the police in making arrests.
  
Kagi Zuki
Hook punch
  
Kaiken
"Short knife." A six-inch knife used by women of the samurai class.
  
Kaiko
(Japanese) The name of a very ancient Chinese Martial Art. This Martial Art was practised at the time of the Prince Dschingis Khan. It contains mongolian wrestling techniques.
  
Kajukenbo
A hybrid method of combat founded in Hawaii in 1947 by five experts: Walter Choo, Joseph Holke, Frank Ordonez, Adriano Emperado, and Clarence Chang.
  
Kakato
Heel of the foot.
  
Kakato Geri
Kick with the heel
  
Kake
Application of a technique.
  
Kake Dachi
Squatted stance
  
Kakete
Hook with the hand
  
Kakiwake Uke
Double block with forearms with separation
  
Kakup
Rank.
  
Kalari Payat
An ancient form of Indian combat embracing hand-to-hand techniques and weapons such as the staff and daggers.
  
Kama
A farming sickle that farmers in Okinawa converted to a weapon to combat the oppressing Japanese military.
  
Kama Yari
A spear to which a single-edged, sickle-shaped blade is attached.
  
Kamae
"Attitude" or "posture." The stances; a general term found in all of the Japanese disciplines.
  
Kamiza
"Divine seat" or "upper seat." The area at the front of the dojo where the instructors and honored guests sit.
  
Kan Shu
"Penetration hand." A Chinese training method in which a practitioner thrusts his or her hands into powder, then rice, sand, beans, and finally pebbles, to condition the limbs for striking.
  
Kang Fa
"Hard method." A ancient art of Chinese boxing that concentrated on kicking and thrusting techniques.
  
Kanku Sho
Name of a karate kata
  
Kansetsu Geri
Joint lock kick (at the knee)
  
Kansetsu Waza
Techniques of controlling the opponent's joints to throw, control, or immobilize him.
  
Kanzashi
"Hairpin." An ornamental hairpin used for self-protection by the women of feudal Japan.
  
Kapo
Arts of healing.
  
Karate
"Empty hand" or "China hand." An unarmed method of combat in which all parts of the anatomy are used to punch, strike, kick or block.
  
Karate do
the way of the empty hand
  
Karate Ka
One who practises Karate
  
Karateka
A karate practitioner.
  
Kashira
"Pommel cap" or "ferrule." A metal cap covering the tip of the hilt of Japanese swords, daggers and so forth.
  
Kata
A series of prearranged maneuvers practiced in many of the Oriental martial arts in order for one to become proficient in techniques.
  
Katana
"Sword." A Japanese sword, with a curved, single-edged blade twenty-four to thirty-six inches long.
  
Katsu
Methods of revival and resuscitation.
  
Keage
Snapping
  
Keibo
A wooden club used by the Japanese police.
  
Keiko Gi
Uniform of the Budoka
  
Keikoku
A serious violation that gives the opponent a waza-ari. (Judo)
  
Keito
Base of the thumb
  
Keito Uchi
Attack with the base of the thumb
  
Keito Uke
Block with the base of the thumb
  
Kekomi
Penetrating, smashing
  
Kempo
The way of the fist.
  
Kendo
The Japanese art of fencing, which uses two types of wooden sword, the bokken and the shinai. The bokken is used primarily for practice, the shinai for full contact sparring.
  
Kenjutsu
"Art of the sword." An aggressive method of swordsmanship practiced by the Japanese feudal warriors in which the combatants pitted naked blade against naked blade.
  
Kenkyaku
"Fencer." One of many words used to describe those who lived by the sword, especially in literary usage.
  
Kenpo
"Fist method." A modern term describing one of the more innovative martial arts practiced in Hawaii and the Americas, developed by Ed Parker.
  
Keosuke
Attention; a command.
  
Keri
Kick.
  
Keri Waza
Kicking techniques
  
Ki
"Spirit." Ideally, the mental and spiritual power summoned through concentration and breathing that can be applied to accomplish physical feats. This centralized energy, possessed by every person, can be manifested through the practice of just about any martial discipline.
  
Kiai
"Spirit meeting." A loud shout or yell of self-assertion most common to the Japanese and Okinawan martial disciplines.
  
Kiba Dachi
Rider (horseman) stance
  
Kihap
See "ki."
  
Kihon
"Basics" or "basic training." In karate, the repitition of the fundamental techiques.
  
Kihon Ippon Kumite
Basic sparring with one step
  
Kiken Gachi
A win because of the opponent's withdrawal during a match. (Judo)
  
Kime
End position of a movement, focusing energy in one point
  
Kimono
Original japanese clothes for men and women
  
Kin Geri
Kick at the testicle
  
Kiotsuke
Attention; a command.
  
Kiritsu
Stand up; a command.
  
Kiritsuki
"Cut and thrust." The cutting action of the sword.
  
Kito Ryu
One of the early jujutsu schools which especially influenced Jigoro Kano's formulation of Kodokan Judo.
  
Kizami Zuki
Front punch
  
Ko
Small
  
Ko Kutsu Dachi
A defensive stance in which most of the weight is on the back leg.
  
Kobudo
Weapons way." A generic term coined in the 20th century, which can be used to describe collectively all Okinawan combatives. However, it is more accurate to specify "Okinawan kobudo" in order to distinguish them from "Japanese kobudo.
  
Kodachi
"Small sword." A forerunner of the wakizashi, that boasts a blade between twelve and eighteen inches.
  
Kodansha
A high-ranking Judo black belt of fifth degree and above.
  
Kodokan
The world headquarters of judo, in Japan, a seven-story building that includes a 100 by 100-foot hall with 500 mats.
  
Kogusoku
An ancient method of unarmed combat mentioned in connection with kumiuchi and sumo in the oldest records of the Japanese martial arts.
  
Kohai
A junior in a school or organization.
  
Kojiri
The chape or end cap of the scabbard of a samurai sword.
  
Koka
A near yuko. However, kokas cannot be accumulated to make a higher score. (Judo)
  
Koken
Back of the wrist
  
Koken Uchi
Hit with the back of the wrist
  
Koken Uke
Block with the back of the wrist
  
Koko
Tiger mouth
  
Kokutsu Dachi
Back stance
  
Kokyu
Breathing" or "ki.
  
Koshi
Ball of the foot, or the hip(s).
  
Kote
Wrist.
  
Kuan Tao
A method of Chinese boxing practiced in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Phillipines.
  
Kuen
See "kata."
  
Kuji Kiri
"Energy channeling." A hypnotic movement of the fingers used by the ninja to confuse their opponents. Known as mudras in Sanskrit.
  
Kumade
Bear paw
  
Kumade Uchi
Hit with the bear paw
  
Kumite
Free style sparring.
  
Kumite Dashi
Fighting stance.
  
Kumiuchi
"Grappling." Wrestling techniques originally used by the samurai on the battlefield and which gave birth to jujutsu.
  
Kuneh
Bowing.
  
Kung Fu
A generic term for a majority of the Chinese martial arts. Kung fu has two major divisions. The southern styles display a clear preference for techniques of strength and power, whereas the northern styles employ soft, open movement.
  
Kup
The grade levels below black belt in the Korean martial arts.
  
Kupso
The vital points of the body.
  
Kuro Obi
Black belt
  
Kusari Fundo
A small chain with weighted ends.
  
Kusarigama
A chain-sickle weapon, noted for its efficiency in neutralizing the sword at long range.
  
Kuzushi
The act of throwing the opponent off balance.
  
Kwonbop
A Chinese method of unarmed combat that spread to and was popularized in Korea between A.D. 1147 - 1170.
  
Kwoon
A facility in which the Chinese martial arts are practiced.
  
Kyokpa
Breaking.
  
Kyoshi
A Japanese martial arts teacher who is sixth- or seventh-degree black belt rank.
  
Kyu
A rank designation signifying a level of achievement below black belt or dan rank in the Japanese martial arts.
  
Kyubo
Chest area.
  
Kyudo
"Way of the bow." The modern Japanese practice of archery as a discipline of coordinated integration. Kyudo's basis is the clarity of execution, the poise, and the control over the bow.
  
Kyusho-Jitsu
Techniques for striking pressure points.
  
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