University of Michigan
Karate Club
Etiquette Terminology
Rank Belt Testing

General Info:
The general information provided here consists of:
  • Rules & Etiquette: explains the expected behavior in a dojo during & after practice.
  • Terminology: gives the Japanese and English equivalent for numbers, general terms, punches, kicks, stances, and kumite.
  • Rank: explains the ranking system used in Shotokan Karate.
  • Belt Testing: gives the kihon, kata, & kumite need for white, brown, & black belt testing
If there are any general questions that you could not answer here, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also recommend the, "Karate-Do Kyohan" by Gichin Funakoshi.(see left.) This is the master text and explains in detail kihon, kata, kumite, Shotokan philosophy, and other matters. It is an excellent resource to have as a novice or advanced user.