Please note this list is a brief guide only

Romanised term, Japanese, Brief explanation
bo 棒 six foot staff
bokuto 木刀 wooden sword used in practice
budo 武道 Martial art
Choufukan 聴風館 lit. ‘Listening Wind Hall’, the name of Ono Yotaro Sensei's dojo in Kyoto, Japan
dan 段 Black belt ranking, also used in other arts such as calligraphy
dojo 道場 lit. ‘place of the way’. It means both the physical training hall and the body of people who study under one teacher.
honne 本音 real intention; motive, see also tatemae
ishin denshin 以心伝心 lit. ‘similar mind, transmission mind’; telepathy; tacit understanding; communion of mind with mind; sympathy
jujitsu 柔術 Grappling art, precursor to Judo
Kancho 館長 lit. ‘hall chief’, the honorific term used to refer to Mr Yotaro Ono, the head of the Choufukan Dojo
kata 型 lit. 'form', a series of moves practiced in order to develop proficiency in a technique
kendo 剣道 lit. ‘sword way’, the Japanese art of fencing using a bamboo sword
kobudo 古武道 Classical martial art (Pre Meiji restoration, 1868)
kohai 後輩 Junior, lower in the hierarchy (not age related)
koryu 古流 Classical tradition
ryuha 流派 Style or school also found in other traditional arts such as tea, ikebana More...
reigi 礼儀 Etiquette
sempai 先輩 Senior, higher in the hierarchy
sensei 先生 lit. 'before liver', i.e. someone ahead of you on the path, a teacher
Shorinji Kempo 少林寺拳法 Modern martial art stressing the development of the individual
Shoufukan 松風館 lit. 'Pine Wind Hall', the name of the Takeuchi dojo in Mirfield, West Yorkshire
tatemae 建前 face; official stance; public position or attitude (as opposed to private thoughts), see also honne
Toritate shihan 取立師範 Teaching master elect, authorised to run a dojo and award dan grades
uchi deshi 内弟子 Live-in apprentice