Budō Jiten − Martial Arts Dictionary
This dictionary is the result of my personal research to develop a martial arts vocabulary based on the living traditions of Ti, as taught by my teacher Onaga Yoshimitsu Kaichō at the Shinjinbukan School. Unauthorized reproduction, translation into other languages or sale of these materials constitutes a copyright violation.
Written by Jimmy Mora
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cha no yu
Lit. Tea ceremony.
Chibana Chōshin (alt. Chibana Choushin, Chibana Choshin, Chibana Chosin)
Chibana Chōshin Dai Sensei (1885 — 1969) was the founder of the Kobayashi lineage of Shōrin Ryū, which is considered the oldest style of karate. He is the last senior student of Ankō Itosu (1831 — 1915), who trained under Shuri Ti Tradition. In 1968, the Emperor of Japan awarded Chibana Sensei the Kunyonto (4th Order of the Sacred Treasure) in recognition for his study and practice of Okinawan Karate. Shinjinbukan is one of the few schools that carry the Chibana lineage.
Lit. Small, little, tiny.
Original word from Uchināguchi (Okinawan dialect). Chinkuchi is the exact point in which a joint can resist a force in two opposite directions (pulling and pushing). This is a unique aspect of the body mechanics that facilitates stability and leverage without wasting muscular force. This concept is unique to Ti, the ancient Okinawan Martial Art.
Chinkuchi can only be learned by allowing the teacher to touch and guide the movement of the student during the execution of a technique. Chinkuchi can not be learned by reading a book on the subject, because without the physical experience and muscle memory it is impossible to develop, embody and produce a chinkuchi quality. Chinkuchi could also be defined as a state-of-mind, because it requires that both mind and body remain in total balance. Nowadays, most Karate teachers who speak and write about chinkuchi do not understand it and are only able to produce stiff mechanical movements with no real-life applications.
Chintō (alt. Chintou, Chinto)
An ancient Kata from the Shuri Ti tradition, practiced by all Shōrin Ryū styles. Chintō is part of the Shinjinbukan curriculum. Some historians attribute it to Sokun Matsumura. In Japanese Karate styles it is also called Gankaku.
See Tomari Ti
chīshi (alt. chishi, chiishi)
Lit. Power stone or lifting stone. A small one-sided weight used to train the stabilizing muscles, while maintaining breathing control, body alignment and balance. According to Okinawan martial arts tradition, Chīshi has been used as a training tool for centuries.
chūdan (alt. chuudan, chudan)
Lit. Middle height.
chūdan soto barai (alt. chuudan soto barai, chudan soto barai)
Lit. Middle height outside pushing block.
chūdan soto uke (alt. chuudan soto uke, chudan soto uke)
Lit. Middle height outside block.
chūdan tsuki (alt. chuudan tsuki, chudan tsuki)
Lit. Middle height hand strike.
chūdan uchi uke (alt. chuudan uchi uke, chudan uchi uke)
Lit. Middle height inside block.
chūshin (alt. chuushin, chushin)
chūsoku (alt. chuusoku, chusoku)
Lit. Middle Foot. Ball of the foot.
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