Seishinkan Iaido and Jodo Dojo
NAGAMAKI - Similar to a Naginata, a curved blade on a pole
NAGASA - Measurement of blade from Kissaki to Mune Macho in a straight line
NAGINATA - Halberd - a long pole with a curved blade on the end
NAKAGO -Tang of blade
NAKAGO JIRI - End of tang
NAKAZUMI Centreline of body
NANAME - Diagonal
NAZE - Why
NODO - Throat
NOTO - Replacing the blade in the Saya
NUKI TSUKE drawing to cut
OBI - Belt
O-CHIBURI - Large or circular Chiburi
OI WAZA - Chasing or following strikes, attack as opponent retreats
OKI - Big
OKURI ASHI - Following foot, step forward with front foot, then rear foot moves same distance forward to regain original distance apart
ONEGAI SHIMASU - Please (asking for something, i.e. please lets practice together)
OSHIETE (KUDASAI) "(Please) teach me", a polite way to get a Sensei to teach you
Note: Onegai shimasu is used when asking someone to do something for you, but unlike kudasai, which needs to be attached to the verb, onegai shimasu can stand by itself, such as in giving an item to buy to the cashier, or to a waiter to get a dirty plate removed, or as an additional exhortation after the initial please, as in "Oshiete kudasai. Onegai Shimasu." Yarimasho-ka might also be better for "Let's practice (play) together, shall we?"
OMOTE - Front/Open/palm of hand
OMOTE (for Tachi) - That side that faces out from the hip when it is in the Saya in its usual mounting. This side is signed by the sword maker
OSAME TO - Replace the sword into the Saya
OTAGAI NI REI Bow to each other
O TSUKARE SAMA DESHITA - You have become tired (because of the hard work you have done teaching). Also used in the context of an expression of thanks
OTOSHI - Dropping
OWARI NO SAHO - Finishing etiquette
REIGI - Etiquette
REIHO/REISHIKI - Etiquette, method of bowing
RENSHI - Title of Assistant Teacher from ZNKR applicable from 6th dan
RIAI - Unification of action and theory
RITSU REI - Same as Tachi Rei

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Glossary of terms

On this page and the following pages we have included an alphabetical listing of most of the Japanese words, terms or expressions you are likely to encounter. The list which is shown with the Japanese word leading first is not comprehensive, but does allow you to familiarize yourself with technical jargon that you will come across during practice.
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