Definition of seiza in English:


Syllabification: sei·za
Pronunciation: /ˈsāzə


[in singular]
  • An upright kneeling position that is traditionally used in Japan in meditation and as part of the preparation in martial arts.
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    • 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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