VOCABULARY     BUSHIDO (The warriors way)


Near the middle of the XX century, a sophomore student of this school, already lead by Great Master Katsuya Miyahira, arrived to Argentina, and undertook the diffusion of this art.
Time went on, and he managed to work in the development of Shidokan for nearly 35 years; but he finally abandoned this truly traditional style of Karate Do from Okinawa.
But the seeds he had spread grew strong in some people, devoted to the TRUE MARTIAL TRADITION, the art of those warriors whose strength lays in their spirits. “For no one should deny his own father”, and with the firm intention to preserve Shidokan in Argentina from disappearing, I took the responsibility of preserving what I had been taught, and traveled to Okinawa, with the kind support of SENSEI TAKESHI MIYAGI, who had been our instructor for twenty years until he moved to Yokohama, Japan.
In those lands far away, after surpassing many difficulties, above all, the hard test of protocol, I was allowed to have a personal interview with the Great Master Sensei Katsuya Miyahira. Sensei Takeshi Miyagi was always by my side, he who had counseled, oriented, and guided me to the road of the spirit.
In this way, I was given the privilege to continue with the diffusion of Shidokan in Argentina, under the international supervision of Sensei Takeshi Miyagi. In this year 2006, with over fifty instructors and thirteen Dojos spread all over the country, ten years will have passed since the official reappearance of Shidokan in Argentina, which recognizes the Great Master Sensei Katsuya Miyahira, 10° Dan, as the only international leader.
Let me thank to every one who made this dream possible, the dream of a man who thirty five years ago stood, as a white belt practicant, in the seventieth position in a Dojo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Firstly, to my father, who never forbade me to seek my destiny, secondly, to those who were instructors, of whom I always sought the man and his wisdom, never his vices, thirdly, to the thousands of students I have had in the last thirty years, thank you for supporting me, and last but not least, to those who understood me, for you made me stronger in the road of Karate.
Also, in spite of the concepts of many senseis, my warmest thanks, from my martial, spiritual ,and most personal side, to Cecilia, the mother of my children, who really made possible that this man can feel and almost touch now the solvency of my choices.
Finally, I would like to thank to mi disciples, Sergio, Diego, and Emilio, worthy more than three men, for allowing me to add something to each one of you.

Dr. Jorge Eduardo Garzon
6 ª Dan Shidokan International
Chief Instructor in Argentina.
Karate Do: in Okinawa, in the old days, Karate would have been translated as Chinese hands. But this art was officially christened the way of empty hands in Japan in 1930.

Okinawa: the largest island of the archipelago Ryukyu, to the south of the big island of Japan. There were laid the foundations of Karate Do. The Ryukyu remained an independent Kingdom until 1868, when the archipelago became Japanese territory. It was given the status of Japanese prefecture in 1878, and Okinawa remained the administrative centre.

Shorin Ryu: it is the name of the style of Karate Do we practice, and means small forest school. It was chosen to honor the monks of the Chinese temple Shaolin, who had great influence in the development of Karate Do. (Shorin is the Japanese word for Shaolin, and ryu means school.)

Shidokan: it is the name of our school, and means who learns the way. Our school was created by Sensei Katsuya Miyahira in 1956, in Okinawa. Sensei Miyahira was born in 1918. He was disciple of Chosin Chibana ( who had created Shorin Ryu). Presently, he is president of Shidokan in the World, and of the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Kyo Kay (Okinawa Shorin Ryu Association). Sensei Miyahira is black belt 10° Dan, the maximum reachable degree.

Shidokan in Argentina: The Shidokan School in Argentina is directly subordinated to Sensei Katsuya Miyahira, and the second in charge is Sensei Takeshi Miyagi, black belt 8° Dan, who presently resides in Okinawa. The Chief instructor in Argentina is Sensei Jorge E. Garzón, black belt 6° Dan. Sensei Garzón lives presently in La Plata, Buenos Aires, where he has his Dojo.

Dojo: gymnasium, where the way is sought. Do means way and jo means place.

Onegai Shimazu: if addressed to my techer, it means “Please, teach me”; if addressed to my equals, it means “Please, help me”.

Arigato Gozaimashita: it must be said along with the bow to the teacher or classmate which follows the end of an exercise, and means
“ Thanks for what you have given to me”.

Domo Arigato Gozaimashita: it must be said along with the bow to the teacher at the end of the class, and means “Thanks a lot for what you have given to me”.
Sensei: teacher Sempai: classmate of higher category
Tsuki (zuki): hit Ken: fist
Shuto: open hand Empi: elbow
Nukite: tip of the fingers Teisho: hand’s fore
Gueri: hit foot Hiza: knee
Yodan: upper part of the body Chudan: middle part
Guedan: lower part Ague: ascending
Otoshi: descending Naname: diagonally
Mae: to the fore Yoko: to the side
Ushiro: to the back Mawashi: turning around
Barai: barriendo Uke: defense
Uchi: attack Kossa: crossed
Yoi: ready Yukuri: slow
Hayaku: quick Kata: form
Kihon: basic Kime: strength in the completion of a hit
Kiai: shout Hajime: start
Yame: stop Sagate: to step back
Zanchin: alert Kamae: in guard
Naore: back to the starting position Katai karate suit
Kumite: fight Karategui: kimono



(Word Karate Do Federation)
(Federacion Mundial de Karate Do)
(ex W.U.K.O. Word Union Karate of Organization)

Main referee
Second main referee
Auxiliary referee


Waza Ari
Half point
Whole point



At combat

Koto O Tatami
Fighting area
To enter the fighting area
Shobu Sambom
Three points fight
Starts the fight
Stops the fight
Restarts the fight
Tori Massem
No point
Bad technique
Simultaneous techniques
To leave the koto
First penalty, waza ari for the opponent
Hansoku Chui
Second penalty, ippon for the opponent
Tthird penalty, the opponent wins the
shiai kumite


No Kachi
Winner (aka or shiro)
Equal results
Abandons the game
Up to the judges


6ª Kiu (white )

Kihon kata ichi dan (first)
Kihon kata ni dan (second)
Kihon kata san dan (third)
Kihon kata ion dan (fourth)
Kihon kata go dan (fifth)
Naihanchi sho dan (first)

5ª Kiu (yellow)

naihanchi ni dan (second)
naihanchi san dan (third)

4ª Kiu (orange)

pignam sho dan (first)

3ª Kiu (green)

pignam ni dan (second)
pignam san dan (third)
pignam ion dan (fourth)
pignam go dan (fifth)

2ª Kiu (bluel)

circular analysis pignam

1ª Kiu (brown)

passai sho
kusanku sho

1ª Dan (black)


2ª Dan (black)


3ª Dan (black)


4ª Dan (black)

pasai dai
kusanku dai
koryu pasai


"Samurai’s honor code"
I have no country, the sky and the earth are my country.
I have no home, the Saika Tandem is my home.
I have no divine power, honesty is my power.
I have no means, docility is my means.
I have no magical powers, my personality is my magic.
I haven’t got life nor death, the Om is my life and death.
I have no body, strength is my body.
I haven’t got eyes, the lighting is my eyes.
I haven’t got years, sensitiveness is my years.
I have no limbs, haste is my limbs.
I have no law, self-protection is my law.
I have no strategy, freedom to kill and bring back from death are my strategy.
I have no shape, smartness is my shape.
I have no miracles to perform, justice is my miracle.
I have no principles, flexibility is my principle.
I have no friends, my mind is my friend.
I have no foes, carelessness is my foe.
I have no armor, benevolence and rectitude are my armor.
I have no castle, my eternal mind is my castle.
I have no sword, the dreams of my mind are my sword.