Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt - I


"Will," "mind," or "intent."


"Swordplay." A sword exercise employing a series of thrusting and cutting techniques while drawing and returning the blade.


"Way of the sword." The modern art of drawing the samurai sword from its scabbard.


"Breath control." Isotonic breathing exercises based on dynamic tension principles practiced in conjunction with, and also separate to, the execution of karate techniques.

In ibuki

"Passive" or "internal breathing." A soft-but-firm type of breathing that stems from deep in the abdomen. It is common to many different martial arts.

Isshin ryu

"One-heart method." A hybrid form of unarmed combat based on several Okinawan karate systems, founded by Tatsuo Shimabuku in 1954.

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