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French Martial Arts Vocabulary

French Martial Arts Vocabulary

Lexique des arts martiaux

On this page you will find a complete list of French martial arts and combat sports vocabulary. The list covers different forms of martial arts, words for various kinds of equipment as well as different kinds of moves. The names of different sports are basically the same (le karaté, etc.) and all the words associated with traditional two-hand English boxing are the same (le ring, le round, etc.).

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  • les arts martiaux martial arts
  • le judo judo
  • les sports de combat combat sports
  • le kung-fu kung fu
  • le karaté karate
  • la boxe thaïlandaise kickboxing
  • le taekwondo tae-kwon-do
  • l’aïkido aikido
  • le kendo kendo
  • la boxe boxing
  • le sumo sumo wrestling
  • le taï chi tai-chi
  • la lutte wrestling
  • le ju jitsu jujitsu
  • le protège-tête guard
  • le coup de poing punch
  • le saut jump
  • la chute fall
  • l’immobilisation pin
  • le combat bout/fight
  • l’entraînement sparring
  • le punching-bag punching bag
  • le gant glove
  • le coup strike
  • le blocage block
  • la prise hold
  • le ring boxing ring
  • les gants de boxe boxing gloves
  • le poing fist
  • la ceinture noire black belt
  • la centure belt
  • l’adversaire opponent
  • le coud de pied kick
  • le coup chop
  • la protection throw
  • le round round
  • le protège-dents mouth guard
  • le knock-out knock out
  • l’autodéfence self defense

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