Counting in Japanese

Karate is usually taught using the original Japanese terms, and that includes counting in Japanese.┬áThe second syllable is slightly suppressed, so “Ichi” becomes phonetically more like “itch!” and “Roku” sounds more like “Rokk”.Traditionally, in Kihon (training of basic techniques), students produce a Ki-Ai (Shout) at the 10th repetition of a technique.
In partner training such as Ippon Kumite (one-step sparring), the speed and power of each technique is gradually increased, and the 5th repetition
(in some Dojos the 3rd) is accompanied by a Ki-Ai at the final technique of both attacker and defender.



Ichi One
Ni Two
San Three
Shi Four
Go Five
Roku Six
Shichi Seven
Hachi Eight
Ku Nine
Ju Ten
Ni ju Twenty
San ju Thirty
Yon ju Fourty
Go ju Fifty
Roku ju Sixty
Nana ju Seventy
Hachi ju Eighty
Ku ju Ninety
Hiyaku ju One hundred