Member Reference

Member Reference

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Discipline of Mind, Self Control, and Spirit

In martial arts, seika tanden is considered to be the central force of KI energy and is located about three fingers below the navel. KI is the life energy that must flow from the performer to the drum.

Another important concept is I or mindfulness/ consciousness. Both I and KI must come together for taiko to have life and expression. When you stand by the drum, your body should be relaxed yet grounded and full of spiritual power. Feel the energy coming up from mother earth through the bottom of your feet, filling your entire body and extending through your hands to your bachi.

You must be aware of both mindfulness I and energy KI at the ends of your bachi. Your bachi are not separate from your being, they are an extension of it. If you are not connected through KI and I to your bachi, your stick action as well as the sound of your drum will be lifeless.


Tanaka Sensei believes in preserving the oral tradition of passing songs on through words. Taiko songs are not learned through a notated score. Playing taiko is an act of communication When taught through words like “don” and “tsu-ku” the passing on of songs is also and act of communication.

By speaking the song, the spirit of the song can be conveyed. Ultimately, the sound of the drum must communicate this spirit. The voice is also used extensively in performance.

When playing taiko, each player is conductor. By beginning a song with a unified vocal exclamation, the performers learn to breathe together and feel the communicative spirit among them. Throughout the song, the voice is used for encouragement, communication and expression.

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Musical Skills, Physical Expression, and Rhythm

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Discipline of Body, Strength, Power and Stamina

Physical strength and endurance is important. Running, push-ups, sit-ups, finger crunches and other exercises are necessary to develop power and stamina.

Dojo members repeat basic drills over and over. However, strength training is never separated from training of the spirit. “When you have played with all your strength and you feel tired, that is when you can truly begin to play, tapping into the energy deep within you,” teaches Tanaka Sensei.

Basic communication always begins with a greeting. At South Florida Taiko Dojo, students learn the importance of greeting their instructors and each other when meeting or taking leave, with an energetic “Ohayogozaimasu” or “Oyasuminasai”.

Taiko students always bow to their teachers and when entering or leaving the dojo, a place of study and discipline. The bow and the audible greeting convey appreciation and respect. The attitude is vital when approaching the drum. 

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Manners, Harmony, Communication, and Unity Spirit

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Discipline of Mind, Self Control, and Spirit

In martial arts, seika tanden is considered to be the central force of KI energy and is located about three fingers below the navel. KI is the life energy that must flow from the performer to the drum.

Another important concept is I or mindfulness/consciousness. Both I and KI must come together for taiko to have life and expression. When you stand by the drum, your body should be relaxed yet grounded and full of spiritual power. Feel the energy coming up from mother earth through the bottom of your feet, filling your entire body and extending through your hands to your bachi.

You must be aware of both mindfulness I and energy KI at the ends of your bachi. Your bachi are not separate from your being, they are an extension of it. If you are not connected through KI and I to your bachi, your stick action as well as the sound of your drum will be lifeless.

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Musical Skills, Physical Expression, and Rhythm


Tanaka Sensei believes in preserving the oral tradition of passing songs on through words. Taiko songs are not learned through a notated score. Playing taiko is an act of communication When taught through words like “don” and “tsu-ku” the passing on of songs is also and act of communication.

By speaking the song, the spirit of the song can be conveyed. Ultimately, the sound of the drum must communicate this spirit. The voice is also used extensively in performance.

When playing taiko, each player is conductor. By beginning a song with a unified vocal exclamation, the performers learn to breathe together and feel the communicative spirit among them. Throughout the song, the voice is used for encouragement, communication and expression.

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Discipline of Body, Strength, Power and Stamina


Physical strength and endurance is important. Running, push-ups, sit-ups, finger crunches and other exercises are necessary to develop power and stamina.

Dojo members repeat basic drills over and over. However, strength training is never separated from training of the spirit. “When you have played with all your strength and you feel tired, that is when you can truly begin to play, tapping into the energy deep within you,” teaches Tanaka Sensei.

Japanese words with English subtext which reads Manners, Harmony, Communication, and Unity Spirit


Basic communication always begins with a greeting. At South Florida Taiko Dojo, students learn the importance of greeting their instructors and each other when meeting or taking leave, with an energetic “Ohayogozaimasu” or “Oyasuminasai”.

Taiko students always bow to their teachers and when entering or leaving the dojo, a place of study and discipline. The bow and the audible greeting convey appreciation and respect. The attitude is vital when approaching the drum. 

Strive to promote the true spirit of taiko by the development of the following:

1 Respect (Courtesy to others)
2 Character (Mental Development)
3 Humility (Awareness of your short-comings)
4 Health (Physical Development)
5 Skill (Proficiency in taiko)

Taiko Drums & Other Instruments

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Counting In Japanese

Some exercises at the dojo require counting to ten in Japanese.

Japanese word for the number one

Ichi


One

Japanese word for the number two

Ni


Two

Japanese word for the number three

San


Three

Japanese word for the number four

Shi


Four

Japanese word for the number five

Go


Five

Japanese word for the number six

Roku


Six

Japanese word for the number seven

Shichi


Seven

Japanese word for the number eight

Hachi


Eight

Japanese word for the number nine

Kyu


Nine

Japanese word for the number ten

Jyu


Ten

Taiko Glossary

Become familiar with some of the more popular phrases and terms we use at the dojo.

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