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Counting

Intro

While training in the martial arts, there is one thing you can count on happening—counting. You count pushups, sit-ups, kicks, blocks, punches, etc. I once training with a Japanese judo master whose only English words were ""Do many pushupa!"

Even schools that use very little of their style's native language still use the language for counting. It is like using cheers at a pep rally; it helps psych up the students during an exercise. The following chart displays basic counting for some languages.

Counting chart


#
English
Korean
Japanese
Mandarin
Cantonese
1
One
Hana
Ichi
Yi
Yat
2
Two
Dul
Ni
Er
Yi
3
Three
Set
San
San
Sam
4
Four
Net
Shi
Si
Sei
5
Five
Daseot
Go
Wu
Mm
6
Six
Yeoseot
Roku
Liu
Look
7
Seven
lgop
Shichi
Qu
Chat
8
Eight
Yeodeol
Hachi
Ba
Baat
9
Nine
Ahop
Kyu
Jiu
Gau
10
Ten
Yeol
Ju
Shi
Sap

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