Here are some
Japanese words used in the dojo:
Kiyoski (Attention) at the beginning and end of class. (Note: Kowalski is a Polish Sausage Company!)
Seiza (formal kneeling posture)
Sensei ni Rei (bow to Sensei) or
Onegaishimasu (Please or do me the favor) at the beginning of class or when you bow to another student before a partner drill.
Duoumo Arigato Gosaimasu (very formal thank you)
Doumo Arigato Gosaimashta (formal thank you in past tense, like saying thank you very much at class end)
Doumo (Thanks, when helped during class),
Arigato (Thank You, when helped during class),
Doumo Arigato (Thank you with more ooomph), or
Doitashimashite (You are Welcome) Ooooh, Hard to pronounce. So say, “Don’ touchy moustache”.
Avoid saying unless you are the instructor,
better to just say Doumo, or Doumo Arigato.
Yoroshiko or Hajimashte (nice to meet you)
*Note: don’t pronounce the “u” at the end of verbs: onegaishimas
tabimasu to eat
nomimau to drink
kampai – said before drinking
Konnichiwa – Good day
Ohyo Gozaimasu – Good Morning
Konbanwa – Good evening
Daijoubu deska? OK? daijoubou des. OK
Kimasu to come. Kite Kudasai: Please come
Nihongo hanashiseka? Do you know how to talk Japanese?
Biru Kudasai: A Beer Please!
Mizu Kudasai: Water Please!
Let’s Read Some Japanese! Not much:
沖縄: Ryu Kyu or Okinawa
小林流: Shorin Ryu or Kobayashi
空手道: Karate Do
Thanks for Reading!
Robert Roberto Curtis
Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate (Kobayashi)
Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo, 6416 Grovedale Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310