Definition of seiza in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈseɪzə/


[in singular]
An upright kneeling position which is traditionally used in Japan in meditation and as part of the preparation in martial arts: we all scurried to the side of the dojo and sat in seiza
More example sentences
  • Beginning kata from seiza (kneeling position) not only trains one in the most basic of postures, but the position is also an important physical aspect of traditional Japanese culture.
  • All of the Omori ryu kata save one begin from the kneeling position of seiza.
  • A bow from seiza (kneeling position) is most formal.


Japanese, from sei 'correct' + za 'sitting'.

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