Fellow Martial Artists


The Japanese Martial Arts Character Dictionary is now directly available to you as an immediate INTERNET DOWNLOAD. This unique, meticulously researched Japanese Kanji Dictionary is a must have for the serious student of the Japanese martial arts and is a great gift for anyone studying the martial arts and cultures of Japan.


To purchase Dictionary contact the author at: prof.tjenkins@yahoo.com







The people of the English speaking world who study traditional Japanese martial arts are confronted with the challenge of learning the terminology of Japanese martial arts. Conventional Japanese dictionaries supply words necessary for daily communication in society as a whole, but unfortunately lack the technical words of the martial arts. The purpose of this dictionary is to provide the reader with an accurate listing of the words and phrases of Japanese martial arts, their appropriate kanji, and the English translations from a martial arts point of view. This dictionary can serve as a reliable reference regardless of the reader's skill level in the Japanese language.


The general body of the dictionary is presented in a table format of three columns for easy viewing. In the Japanese-English section, the left column has the Japanese name in roman letters. To aid the reader, the dictionary includes prefix, suffix, combining, and irregular names generally not included in conventional Japanese dictionaries. The center column has the appropriate kanji with a reference number to the well-known standard for kanji, the Nelson Japanese Character Dictionary. The right column has the English translation. The Japanese English section has been reversed into an English-Japanese dictionary.


The Dictionary also contains the following:

Appendix 1 - Standard and Alternate Forms of the same Character

Appendix 2 - Irregularly Read Compound Characters

Appendix 3 - Combining Rules of Prefixes and Suffixes

Cross Reference Index - listing over 5000 kanji to 5 other sources

Printable Font Index - listing over 5000 kanji for cut and paste printing


Some of the many subjects found in this dictionary: Aikido (way of harmony) Aikijujutsu (techniques of gentle accord) Amma (Japanese massage) Battojutsu (sword cutting) Bungei (literary arts) Bushido (way of the samurai) Butsudo (Buddhism) Chado (way of tea) Haiku (Japanese poetry) Heiho (military strategy) Iaido (way of sword drawing) Jodo (way of the staff) Jojutsu (staff techniques) Judo (way of suppleness) Jujutsu (techniques of suppleness) Kaibogaku (anatomical terms) Kappo (resuscitation methods) Karate (empty hand combat) Kendo (way of the sword) Kempo/Kenpo (Chinese fist method) Kyudo (way of archery) Kyusho (vital points of the body) Naginata (halberd techniques) Ninjutsu (arts of subterfuge) Reigisaho (Japanese etiquette) Ryuha (Japanese martial systems) Seifukujutsu (healing arts) Shinto (Japanese ancestral religion) Sumo (Japanese wrestling) Zen (meditation)


Minimum System Requirements: Macintosh OS 8.6 or later Windows 95 or later


Thomas R. Jenkins began his study of Kodenkan Judo in 1959 with Professor Bud Estes of Chico California. Professor Estes was a student of the Founder of the Kodenkan Judo School - Master Henry S. Okazaki of Honolulu Hawaii. Mr. Jenkins was eventually taught the entire Kodenkan Judo system by Professor Estes. Curious about the original meaning of the Japanese teaching scrolls from Master Okazaki, Mr. Jenkins began studying Japanese kanji in 1985. During his studies, he realized the need for a comprehensive Japanese martial arts character dictionary for the martial artists, a resource that was not currently available. His research journal grew into a dictionary for Kodenkan kanji, and then expanded into other styles of Japanese martial arts, and related martial arts subjects. After five years of development he completed the dictionary in July of 1999. The First Edition of the dictionary was published following a commendatory review by Dr. Kimihiko Nomura, Professor of Japanese Language and Culture. Requests for an English to Japanese section of the Dictionary along with a directory to other works prompted the completion of the Second Edition in 2003.


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