About the Website
This is the official web site for Japan International Karate Center ("JIKC").
Japanese/Okinawan Translation Notes
This website spells out Japanese and Okinawan words using Romanji, a standard way of spelling out Japanese words phonetically using the same Roman alphabet as English.
Some linguistic conventions have been ignored in order to improve overall recognition and readability at a negligible cost of accuracy. For example, the diacritic for a long vowel sound, a bar over the letter, has been omitted ("dojo" instead of "dojo"), the shortened forms are not indicated ("Pinan" instead of "Pin'an"), and the 'n' sound is represented by that letter even when preceding the consonants 'm', 'b', and 'p' (giving "senpai" instead if "sempai" for example). You will see diacritics only when accuracy and context is important.
For Japanese names and titles, the family or surname is first, followed by the given name, then the title (if any). For example, Soke ("Founder") Kiyohisa (given name) Hirano (family name) is given in the Japanese form "Hirano Kiyohisa Soke".
HTML (DHTML), and Unicode in order to provide the user with a convenient and user-
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Use of PDF Files
This website features some PDF (Portable Document Format) documents. These are used
whenever a document requires precise layout control for viewing or printing. Whereas
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