Key words from practice to remember:
Dojo – practice hall or gym
Sensei – teacher or instructor
Onegaishimasu – said at the beginning of class, asking for a good practice from everyone.
Arigatou gozaimashita – Thank you very much. Said after every exercise with a partner and also at the end of class, thanking everyone for practice.
Shomen – the front of the dojo
shizentai – natural standing position
chudan no kamae – basic guard
migi – right
hidari – left
mae – forward
ato – backward
okuriashi – sliding forward with your front foot first, followed by your back foot catching up.
jougeburi – Swinging the Naginata straight up and straight down.
Sayu = both sides.
Sempai – senior member. This is anyone in the club who has practiced longer than you.
Kohai – junior member. This is anyone in the club who has practiced for less time than you.