Japanese is a very complex language and even though the classes are taught in English, in order to keep with the tradition we still use Japanese for basic instructions and techniques:
(eye-key-doe) compound from "ai" (harmony), "ki" (spirit), and "do" (Way): the Way of harmonious spirit.
(eye-key-doe-kah) one who practices aikido, to Aikidoist.
(bow-ken) wooden sword used in practice.
(boo-she-doe) warrior's code, the way of the warrior.
(don) aikido grade holder, black belt rank.
(doe-joe) Training hall, place of the Way. So in Buddhism refers to the place of worship.
domo arigato gozaimashita
(doe-moe ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mash-tah) Spoken by students after aikido class to thank Sensei very much for what he has done.
(doe-she) comrade, friend (used among fellow aikido ists).
(guy-eh-she) to reverse.
(ghee) Training clothing. (A synonym is Keikogi.)
(hock-kah-ma) a divided, pant, skirt-like: a formal garment that is worn by Japanese aikido dan grade holders.
(hahn-me) a posture in which one foot is advanced one step and the body weight is distributed equally on both feet. triangular stance. literally means "half-body".
(hahn-me cock-dah-chee) a type of training in which management is kneeling and uke approaches from a standing position.
(Har-ah) one's physical and spiritual center. physically, in the lower abdomen a few inches below the navel.
(he-dah-ree) the leftside.
(ee-ree-me) to enter, entering.
(gee-you) free, unrestricted.
(gee-you wah-zah) freestyle techniques / practices.
(Joe) wooden staff.
(kai-th) to revolve or rotate.
(kah-tah) First shoulder, 2nd form, a pre-arranged exercise.
(kah-tah-tay) one hand (left or right).
(kay-koh) practice session, training.
(ghee) Training clothing. (A synonym is gi)
(ken) Japanese sword.
(key) Spirit: the vital force of the body, universal energy, a stream or flow of positive energy.
(key-eye) a piercing scream or cry with practical and psychological value; literally "meeting of the spirits".
(co-high) student junior to oneself, someone with a lower rank or who attained the same rank at a later date. (See sempai)
(coke-you) Breath power, the coordination of ki flow with breathing.
(coke-you-doe saw) A method of off-balancing and pinning your partner with ki instead of physical power.
(coke-you-oh-ree Kyoo) breath power.
(ko-she) hips, waist. (So sometimes spelled "goshi")
(cue) the aikido ranks held by undergraduates, prior to attainment of dan ranking.
(ma-eye) distance between uke and nage. literally, "harmony of space".
(mih-ghee) the right side.
(nah-gay) a throw or the person who throws.
(ran-door-ri) Multiple attack.
(ray) salutation, bow.
(ree-oh-tay) both hands.
(sam-oh-rye) military retainer (from the feudal period of Japanese history).
(sem-pie) student senior to oneself, someone with a higher rank or who attained the same rank at an earlier date. (See kohai)
(sen-say) teacher, instructor; rally generated a title earned at 4th dan.
(say-zah) formal sitting posture in which the Insteps shins and rest against the floor.
(she-ho) four directions. Shimi (she-me) choke.
(show-don) holder of the first grade of black belt.
(show-men) First the front or top of the head, 2nd the front of the dojo, where the Kamiza is.
(suh-boor-ee) a single movement using the ken or jo, done as a solo practice.
(sue-ree-wah wah-zah) seated techniques.
(tah-chee) First Japanese sword, 2nd standing (as opposed to sitting).
(tah-chee wah-zah) standing techniques.
(chee tah-doh-ree) techniques of taking an opponent's sword.
(tie-jute-sue) body arts, the techniques of aikido performed without weapons.
Tai No Henko
(tie-no-ko-hen) basic blending practice, literally "changing the body".
(tahn-toe) dagger. Te (tay) hand. Tegatana (tay-gah-tah-nah) hand blade, sword edge of the hand.
(ten-chee) compound from "th" (heaven) and "chi" (earth), a position of the hands: one high and one low.
(ooh-chee) a strike.
(ooh-kay) Who Receives a person to attack, generally speaking, the person being thrown.
(ooh-kem-me) the art of receiving the energy of a technique, literally, "receive with the body".
(ooh-she-row) back, behind, rear.
(wah-zah) technique (s). Yame (ya-may) stop (as a command). said by instructor to end formally randori.
(yoh-koh-men) side of the head.