WHAT IS SHINTAIDO
THE SHINTAIDO PROGRAM: GLOSSARY
 
   
GENERAL TERMS
  Shintaido: "new body way"
keiko: practice; a Shintaido class
dojo: place of practice
gasshuku: "coming together under one roof;" a Shintaido retreat
kangeiko: "cold weather practice;" yearly winter gasshuku
shiatsu: Japanese massage
kumite: partner exercise, freehand
kumibo: with bo
kumitachi: with sword
kiai: vocal expression
kokyu: breath, rhythm, concentration, willpower
sei: formal (e.g. tenshingoso sei); also, "holiness"
dai: expressive (e.g.tenshingoso dai)
bo: six-foot wooden staff
bojutsu: study of bo
bokuto: wooden sword
   
STARTING & FINISHING
  mokuso: meditation
rei: bowing to acknowledge partners, teachers, or dojo
yoi: standing ready ("get ready")
kamae-te: ready position ("get set")
hajime: begin ("go!")
ushiro-e: reverse direction
yame: return to standing ready
yasume: relax
   
COUNTING TO TEN
  1. ichi
2. ni
3. san
4. shi
5. go
6. roku
7. shichi
8. hachi
9. ku
10. ju
   
PEOPLE
  sensei: teacher
senpai: senior student
kohai: junior student
gorei: instruction; counting, conducting, or leading the class
goreisha: person giving gorei
   
THREE SHINTAIDO
SYSTEMS

  yoki-kei: "nurturing life energy" system
musoken: "no phenomenon" hand
kaiho-kei: "opening & expressing" system
kaishoken: "opening & expressing" hand
jigo-kei: "self-empowerment" system
jikyoken: "self-empowerment" hand
   
FUNDAMENTALS
  dai kihon: "great fundamentals"- the three most basic forms, as follows:
tenshingoso: "five expressions of heavenly truth;" a fundamental form
eiko: "glory;" a fundamental form
hikari (to tawamureru): "playing with light;" a fundamental partner exercise
   
WARM-UPS
  junbi-taiso: "preparation exercises;" warm-ups
kenko-taiso: "health exercise;" the specific sequence of gentle warm-ups
junan-taiso: floor stretches
shinwa-taiso: partner backstretch
   
SOME OTHER
TECHNIQUES

  wakame-taiso: seaweed exercise
tenso: "heavenly phenomenon;" heavenward; the "Ah" movement of tenshingoso
shoko: "witnessing light;" reaching out to the infinite horizon
aozora-taiso: "blue sky exercise;" the "Ah" and "Oh" movements from tenshingoso
   
RELATED TO OTHER
MARTIAL-ARTS

  kihon: fundamental techniques
toitsu-kihon: "unifying fundamentals;" Shintaido kihon based on sword movements
kata: a specific sequence of movements; a form (e.g. tenshingoso)
tsuki: thrust or punch
mae-geri: front kick
yoko-geri: side kick
irimi: entering, going in
   
STANCES
  heisoku-dachi: closed stance
kiba-dachi: horse-riding stance
hachiji-dachi: "figure 8" stance
shiko-dachi: square stance
"un-movable" stance: (forward stance, fudo-/zenkutsu-dachi)
hanmihan-dachi: half-kneel
kokutsu-dachi: rear stance
musubi-dachi: heels together stance
gyaku: opposite- for example, right step, left hand
   
OPENING EXERCISES
Technically known as
shin-shin-kaihatsu-undo
or "heart-mind-body opening exercises"
  tachi jump: standing jump
meiso jump: "meditation jump"- small, soft jump
kaikyaku-sho: small forward jump
kaikyaku-dai: large forward jump
renzoku: "continuous", also known as Shintaido jump
tai ki mai: "atmosphere dancing;" tenso in all directions
sumo: Japanese wrestling
seiza: meditation position, sitting on heels
   
REGIONS OF SPACE
Many open-hand Shintaido techniques are based on sword movement and use the same terminology
  dai jodan: big upper level
jodan: upper level
chudan: middle level
geidan: lower level
kiri komi: cutting beyond; cutting by pushing
kiri harai: cutting accross; cutting by pulling
 
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