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Abara                          

The ribs in the human body

Age                             

Rising movement. As in Age-uke (Rising block)

Age hiji ate                  

The rising elbow strike

Age tsuki                     

Rising punch. Example can be found in the kata ‘Empi’

Age Uchi                     

A striking technique that raises or elevates

Ago                             

The chin or Jaw area on the human body. The term Ago Uchi is used to describe a strike to this area.

Aka                             

Red, or red competitor in competition karate

Akiresu ken                  

The achilles tendon, found on the lower leg of the human body.

Amado                        

The lower neck. This often a target area for certain strikes.

Antei                           

Balance and stability.

Ao                              

Blue. You may hear this quite often in karate competition. It refers to the competitor wearing the blue belt or gloves.

Ashi                            

Foot or leg

Ashi Barai                   

Foot sweep. This is a technique perfected to unbalance a competitor to disrupt his/her opponent’s Antei.

Ashi fumikae               

To change legs

Ashi kubi                    

Ankle on the human body

Ashi no ura                 

The sole of the foot on the human body

Ashi sabaki                  

Foot movement, or footwork.

Ashi Waza                  

Foot techniques, such as Mae geri keage or mawashi geri

Ashi yubi                     

Toes on the human body. A target for certain self-defence techniques.

Ashibo kake uke         

Leg hooking block

Ashikubi kake uke       

Ankle hooking block

Atama                         

Head on the human body

Ate                              

Blow or a strike.

Atemi                           

This refers to the striking of vulnerable points of the body in order to achieve a desired affect. This can also refer to concentrated power.

Atemi Waza                 

Techniques targeted specifically for vulnerable points on the body

Ateru                           

Strike

Ato no kehanashi         

A snapping kick using the back of the foot