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Haichi                                                                          

Eight

Hachidan                                                                     

8th dan black belt

Hachiji-dachi                                                               

open leg stance, feet positioned about one shoulder width apart, with feet pointed

slightly outward. This stance is also known as hachinoji dachi

Hachiju                                                                        

Eighty

Hachinoji dachi                                                             

See Hachiji-dachi

Hai                                                                              

Yes

Haishu-uke                                                                  

Back of the hand block. Please note, this can also be used as a strike

Haisoku (geri)                                                              

Instep, and can also be used for a kick

Haito uchi                                                                    

Ridge hand. This strike uses the opposite side of the hand to shuto-uchi, so it’s very

important to tuck the thumb inward

Haiwan (uke and uchi)                                                 

Upper part of the forearm, also referred to as back arm strike

Han                                                                             

Half

Han heiko dachi                                                            

Like heiko dachi, just a little narrower. This can also be applied to the other stances.

Hana                                                                           

Nose, a vulnerable striking target

Hando                                                                         

Reactions

Hane age                                                                     

To jump or spring. Many techniques use this to generate power in an upward direction

Hangetsu                                                                     

‘Half Moon’ Kata

Hangetsu barai uke                                                       

Sweepin foot block, following a half moon path along the ground

Hangetsu dachi                                                            

Half moon stance, also referred to as hourglass stance.

Hangetsu tsuki                                                             

Half moon punch

Hanmi                                                                         

This means half,  and is also referred to as half-front facing position, the position taken

when for example blocking age-uke

Hanshi                                                                         

A Master, a grade between 8th and 10th dan

Hansoku                                                                      

A penalty in competition karate

Hansoku-chui                                                              

A penalty, where a point is awarded to your opponent

Hantai                                                                         

Opposite                                                                     

Hantei                                                                         

Decision. A referee may call this when he desires a judgement from his judges.

Hara                                                                            

The centre of your body, the centre of your gravity, the centre of your ki. The hara can

be located two fingertips below the naval.

Haragei                                                                       

The art of developing strength in the hara

Harai goshi                                                                  

Hip sweep

Harai te                                                                       

sweeping hand (for the purpose of blocking)

Harai waza                                                                  

Sweeping techniques

Hasami tsuki                                                                

Scissors punch, hitting the opponent twice simultaneously.

Hasami uchi, uke                                                         

Scissors strike and block

Hazushi uke                                                                 

Evading through ducking and dodging

Heian Kata                                                                  

This is a series of kata, the first kata a beginner will learn and there are five in total

Heiko Dachi                                                                

Parallel stance

Heiko tsuki, uchi                                                          

Parallel punch or strike

Heisoku                                                                       

Top of the foot, or instep

Heisoku dachi                                                              

Feet perfectly together, closed parallel stance

Henka waza                                                                

Variations of basic techniques used after oyo waza is applied

Hichu                                                                          

Vulnerable striking point, what is commonly known as the Adams apple

Hidari                                                                          

Left

Hiji                                                                              

Elbow, can also be used to describe elbow strikes

Hiki ashi                                                                      

Sliding backwards, this is a form of tai sabake

Hikite                                                                          

The returning arm or pulling hand

Hiki wake                                                                    

To draw in a karate competition

Hineri (uke)                                                                 

Twist, or twisting block

Hiraken tsuki                                                               

fore-knuckle-fist straight punch

Hiraki                                                                          

To twist the body as an evasive measure, preventing your opponents attack from hitting

you

Hira Uraken                                                                

Horizontal back fist

Hishiryo                                                                       

To think without thinking, a mental state of absolute focus

Hitai                                                                            

Forehead on the human body

Hittsui                                                                          

Knee hammer

Hiza                                                                            

Knee

Hiza age te                                                                  

Rising knee strike

Hiza ate                                                                       

Knee smashing strike

Hiza uke (soto and uchi)                                              

Knee block

Honbu                                                                        

Headquarters dojo

Hone                                                                           

Bone(s) with in the human body