Martial Arts Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When it comes to control, few disciplines can compete with that of the various branches of martial arts. Each one, including everything from Judo and Karate to Eskrima and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, requires patience, focus, forethought, action, reaction and overall mindfulness — many of which dog owners can identify with when it comes to dog training. Anyone who studies or practices any of them likely knows each one holds a variety of great terms, concepts and words that would easily double as meaningful dog names. For those who don’t, well, at least you do now. Here is a list of some great martial arts inspired names to consider for your own furry, floor-flipping action hero. 

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Martial Arts Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to come up with an appropriate martial arts inspired dog name, it’s best to first compile a list of your dog’s most obvious or characteristic traits, from their looks to their quirks and personality, as it will act as a perfect starting point. Many of the names we have listed here are terms or commands used in their respective languages of origin, so if you practice or study one in particular, that might be the best avenue to start with. 

For instance, for those who practice a discipline of Japanese origin, if your dog is always in a Zen state of mind, the name Mushin would be a great choice. For a dog that often does repetitive tasks, the name Mo Ichi Do (meaning “one more time”) would be perfect. For a short dog, the name Gedan (or Corto for Eskrima practitioners) would be suitable. For a dog that always seems to catch you when you fall or are down in the dumps, the name Ukemi would be ideal.

There are lots of directions you can go and we only have room for so many names on our list, so our best suggestion is to pick a suitable discipline, then look up all the definitions of the most commonly used words to see what fits your dog best. 

Male Martial Arts Inspired Dog Names

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Aikido
A branch of modern Japanese martial arts
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Jitsu
As in Jiu Jitsu, a combat sport system and martial art
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Hapkido
A form of Korean martial arts
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Judo
A modern Japanese martial art and combat sport
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Karate
A form of martial arts highly influenced by Kung Fu
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Kendo
A traditional Japanese martial art that focuses on swordsmanship
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Taek
As in Taekwando, a fast-moving and kick-based Korean martial art
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Ushiro
Japanese, meaning "backward"
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Kung Fu
Several hundred fighting styles developed over hundreds of years in China
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Nage
A Japanese term meaning "throw"
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Dozo
A Japanese word meaning "please"
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Bokken
The Japanese term for a wooden sword
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Sensei
A Japanese term for a teacher or instructor
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Domo
An informal way of saying thank you in Japanese
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Largo
Spanish, meaning "long"
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Medio
A Spanish term for medium range
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Corto
A Spanish term for short range used in Eskrima
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Dumog
Meaning grappling or wrestling in Eskrima
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Guro
A term used in Eskrima to mean "instructor"
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Yoshi
A Japanese term meaning "carry on" as in continue the contest
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Sukasu
A Japanese term meaning "evasion"
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Kakato
The Japanese term for "heel"
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Shuto
Meaning "knife hand" in Japanese, also an "unhittable" Japanese baseball pitch
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Gedan
Meaning "low level" in Japanese, referring to the lower parts of the body
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Kumite
Pronounced like "coo-meh-tay" and meaning sparring/battling/fighting
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Nodo
Meaning "throat"
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Mawatte
A Japanese command/term for "turn around"
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Uchi
Japanese, meaning "strike"
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Osu
A respectful catch-all phrase used to mean to push through difficulties
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Kihon
Japanese for "basic"

Female Martial Arts Inspired Dog Names

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Jiu
As in Jiu Jitsu, a type of Brazilian martial arts
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Eskrima
A martial art also known as Kali or Arnis
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Kali
Also known as Eskrima or Arnis; the national sport of the Phillipines
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Arnis
Also called Kali or Eskrima; a form of Philippine martial arts
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Muay
As in Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing
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Thai
As in Muay Thai, a combat sport from Thailand
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Tang Soo
After Tang Soo Do, a karate-based Korean martial art
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Uke
A Japanese term for "block" or to describe the person being attacked
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Keiotsuke
Meaning "attention" or "light appreciation" in Japanese
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Hajime
A Japanese command, "start" or "begin"
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Mune
Japanese, meaning "chest"
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Kaeshi
Japanese, meaning "counter" as in a counter move
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Kata
A Japanese word use to describe "form or pattern"
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Keri
Japanese for "kick"; also can use Geri
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Gi
Japanese, meaning "uniform"
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Daga
A term used in Eskrima to mean "dagger"
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Pugay
A form of saying "respect" used as a greeting in Eskrima between practitioners
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Salamat
Used to say "thank you" (Eskrima)
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Obi
Meaning "belt" in Japanese
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Ukemi
A Japanese term meaning "break your fall"
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Waza
Japanese, meaning "technique"
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Judogi
A Japanese term for a uniform
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Ushiro
A Japanese term meaning "back"
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Rei
Meaning "bow" in Japanese, pronounced like "ray"
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Ashi
Meaning "foot" in Japanese, an important tool in Karate
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Mo Ichi Do
Meaning "one more time" in Japanese
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Mushin
A Zen state of mind in Japanese or Karate culture meaning to be free of fixation and open to all
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Migi
Pronounced "mee-gee", Japanese for "right"
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Barai
Japanese for "sweep", a swift sideways movement
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Anata
Meaning "you"

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