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  Numbers Shugo ....................Lineup
  One.........................Ichi Yoi.........................Ready hands fist in front
  two..........................Ni Seiza.......................Sit kneel
  Three......................San One-ga-shi-masu.....please teach me
  Four..........................Shi Senei Ni Rei............Bow to Sensei
  Five...........................Go Sensei.....................Teacher
  Six.............................Roku Rei..........................Bow
  Seven........................Shichi Yoshimae................Ready stance hands in front Attention
  Eight.........................Hachi Mo Ku su................Eyes Close
  Nine...........................Ku Hontai......................Reverse
  Ten............................Ju Hai Sensei................Yes Teacher
  Eleven.......................Juichi Hai...........................Yes
  Twenty......................Niju Domo Arigato Gozaimashita........Thank you very much
  Twenty One..............Niichi Domo Arigato.............Thank You
    Kiai:..........................Spirit shout/focus of spiritual energy
    seiza........................sit kneel
    Gi............................uniform
    Obi..........................Belt
    Dojo...........................Karate school
    Kata.........................Form
    Zuki.................................Punches
`   Dashi..............................stance front stance natural stance
    Geri................................Kick
    Mae Geri........................front kick
    Mawashi-geri.................Round house kick
    Yoko Geri......................Side kick
     

Belt Ranking Descriptions:

  • White Belt - it is customary for students to begin their training as a white belt.  The white belt has come to represent a clean slate or an empty vessel that students begin to populate with martial arts knowledge and experiences. White belt students are taught basic punching, blocking, kicking, and self-defense strategies.

  • Yellow Belt - After acquiring the requisite knowledge and skills a student progresses to yellow belt.  At this level students learn a progression of additional basic materials with a strong bias towards self-defense methods.

  • Orange Belt - Students who have achieved the Orange Belt have become adept at martial arts fundamentals and now move on to more complex skills and self-defense strategies. The material is more demanding and the physical requirements increase as well, but nearly everyone can master this material without difficulty.

  • Purple Belt - at this belt level we begin to shift away from pure self-defense and move on to broader strategic concepts, movements, and skills.  Physical demands increase as well, but it is done gradually so students have little difficulty adapting to the rigors of this belt over time.

  • Blue Belt - students who have achieved Blue Belt ranking are very skilled martial artists with an extremely strong grasp of essential martial arts and fighting skills. This is the first of the advanced student rankings and the materials require a  completely different approach, attitude, and outlook of the student.

  • Green Belt - once a student achieves Green Belt ranking it is time to fine tune every aspect of their skills to make them extremely effective and dynamic martial artists.  Much more advanced opponent control and manipulation strategies are developed to make the Green Belt student a very potent martial artist.

  • Brown Belt - Only truly serious students make it to Brown Belt.  It requires a level of dedication and attention to detail that is rare within the general population. More advanced weaponry and combat skills are taught to students at this level.

  • Black Belt - The Black Belt ranking represents the start of an entirely new approach to martial arts thinking.  Students are this level have endured hours of training, dedication, and skills development and have become truly outstanding and capable martial artists. It is in some ways the pinnacle of martial arts development, but in other ways it is simply the start of the next great phase of learning. It is time to empty the vessel and start afresh.

reference: www.munsonmartialarts.com/Terminology.aspx