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Parts of the Body

Updated: Feb 11

All students should be aware of the Japanese names for the various parts of the body, but they will not be tested on them until their Shodan grading, with additional vocabulary being added at Nidan level. The following table, and the images below, outline the most important ones that should be known and understood. If you are unsure on pronunciation, ask your sensei for more information.


The images are also available as a Fill-In-The-Blanks worksheet for if you wish to test yourself! The download links are at the bottom of the page.

Japanese Terminology

English Translation

ago

jaw

ashi

leg/foot

ashi yubi

toes

ashikubi

ankle

atama

top of head

chusoku

ball of foot

empi

elbow

gan (you can also use 'me', pronounced 'meh')

eye

haiwan

back of the arm

hana

nose

hara

abdomen / stomach

haisoku

instep

hidari te

left hand

hiji

point of elbow

hiza

knee

hizagashira

kneecap

hiza kansetsu

knee joint

kakato

heel of foot

kakuto

heel of hand

kami

hair

kasumi

temple

kata

shoulder

koshi

hip

koshi

ball of foot

kote

wrist

kubi

neck

kuchi

mouth

kuchiburu

lips

matsukaze

side of neck

​migi te

​right hand

mimi

ears

momo

thigh

mune

chest

nodo

throat

sebone

back / spine

seiken

forefist - first two knuckles

sokko

top of foot

sokutei

sole of foot

sokuto

edge of foot (kekomi)

suigetsu

solar plexus

sune

shin

te

hand


fingers

tsumasaki

tips of fingers

ude

forearm

ude kansetsu

arm joint

wan

arm

yobo

face

yubi

toe / finger

yubisaki

fingertips






Head - Fill In The Blanks
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Torso - Fill In The Blanks
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Arms and Legs - Fill In The Blanks
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Hands and Feet - Fill In The Blanks
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