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Judo Words – Learn 85 Japanese Judo Terms

Judo Words and Terminology

Judo Words Book by Koka Kids

You are about to learn 85 Japanese judo words!

Learning Japanese terminology is a part of learning judo. Don’t panic! It’s not as difficult as it sounds.

To help you we have put together a free e-book containing the common judo phrases and commands to learn.

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It’s easier than you think

Soon you’ll be using Japanese words as you speak to you sensei (judo coach) and other judoka (judo player) dropping them into English sentences without even thinking about it.

Why do judoka speak in Japanese?

Judo comes from Japan and many of the judo commands and phrases remain in the original language.

How will learning these words help you improve your judo?

1. Understanding Judo Commands

Judo commands are in Japanese.

You won’t hear your judo coach say, “begin practicing now!” or telling you to “stop throwing!” instead you will hear “Hajime!” and “Matte!”

By learning these Japanese judo words you will be able to understand what’s going on at your judo class.

And even all around the world.

Japanese judo commands are used throughout the world and you would be able to understand what a coach in Japan, Spain or France is telling you to do.

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2: Gradings and Promotions

Also, it’s a requirement for grading. You need to know certain words to pass your theory and grade up to the next belt.

You need to learn both the Japanese word and its English meaning.

For example to grade to yellow belt you would need to know the meanings of Judogi (judo suit), Obi (judo belt) and Zori (judo footwear) – so let’s get started, or as we would say in Japanese: Hajime!

Learning some Japanese will also help you understand the names of the judo throws.

Judo Words Book by Koka Kids
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What you will learn from the book?

“Learn Judo Terminology with 85 Japanese Words” covers all the main judo words you will need to know right through to black belt!

The words are broken down into easy-to-learn sections, with fun illustrations and vocabulary charts.

85 Japanese Judo Words

By the end of reading this book you will be able to understand these phrases and situations:

Get the English meanings

At Your First Judo Class

You will understand what’s going on at your judo session and be able to listen your sensei, who will tell you when to rei and then will command you to hajime. At the end your sensei will let you know by shouting sore made.


In the Dojo

When you first enter the dojo you will see other judoka on the tatami. Some dojos have a photo of Jigoro Kano on the wall.


Judo Equipment

You wear a judogi when you go to judo, tied up with an obi. Wear you zori until the edge of the mat, but never on the mat.


Getting Technical

You will start your judo class with ukemi. During the session you can be both tori and uke, and it’s always a good idea to practice each technique both migi and hidari.


Groundwork Judo Terms

Newaza techniques include osaekomi and turnovers. Find out what toketa, kuzure and fusegi mean.


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Standing Judo Terms

Tachi-waza means standing judo. Practice your waza by doing lots of uchi-komi and nage-komi, so you can develop your tokui-waza.


Competition Scores & Commands

Make sure you know what ippon, waza-ari, yuko mean and what to do if the referee suddenly shouts sono mama! Avoid getting penalties like a shido, and whatever you do don’t get a hansoku-make!


Grades and Belt Promotions

Junior judoka are ranking into Mon Grades. One day, we all aim to get our Dan Grade. The highest judo grade is a Judan.


Naming Body Parts in Japanese

Can you tell your mune from your hiza? Do you know what part of your body your ude is? Do you stand on your ashi or your kata? Learn the Japanese words for the body parts and understand the Japanese names of judo throws like Hiza-Guruma or Mune-Gatame.


Words for Judo Spirit and Courage

Scream a Kiai to gather your Fudoshin but always show proper Reiho! There are lots more fun words to learn, like these in the judo book “85 Japanese Judo Words.”

What does all this mean in English?

What does all this mean in English?

Get your free book and you will discover all these words and more!

There are 85 Japanese judo words with fun illustrations and easy-to-remember graphics.

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Judo Words Book by Koka Kids