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English translation: move, skill, technique

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Japanese term or phrase:waza
English translation:move, skill, technique
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09:12 Jun 8, 2001
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Japanese term or phrase: Waza
MArtial art term
Bob Landing
move
Explanation:
"Technique" and "trick" are both okay too but so is "move" as in, "He knows some devastating moves."

Depending upon the context you might also use "craft", "facility", "knack", "sleight", "device", "artifice", "art" and many of other words listed at the page below.
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Timothy Takemoto
Local time: 12:41
Grading comment
Nice reference.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
3moveProZ.com Staff
naManeuvercubby
naskill
Thomas Blasejewicz
namove
Timothy Takemoto
naTechnique [or] Skillmusici
naTrick/Skill
Philip Soldini
naTechniquePaulTaylor
nawazaari = Point one ! waza = "trick"Christophe DUBOIS


  

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14 mins
wazaari = Point one ! waza = "trick"


Explanation:
It is a Judo term !

Wazaari ! = Point one ! Expressed for giving 1 point in a judo competition

waza = also in Judo means "trick"


    Japanese-English Dictionary
Christophe DUBOIS
Local time: 12:41

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
ProZ.com Staff: Not just Judo.
8 hrs

Pro-Japanese: Not just Judo
2 days 5 hrs

Benjamin Wood: too vauge
4 days
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58 mins
Trick/Skill


Explanation:
In addition to Judo, this is used to describe skillfull maneuvers to down opponents in other fighting arts as well, such as Sumo.
It's also used to describe tricks in other sports, such as skateboarding.


    Japanese literature
Philip Soldini
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PRO pts in pair: 42
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1 hr
Technique


Explanation:
'Technique' is also a common translation for WAZA.

PaulTaylor

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ProZ.com Staff
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7 hrs
Technique [or] Skill


Explanation:
This term is often used in the martial arts to refer to a specific technique or skill. Note, however, that its use is not limited to Judo or Sumo, or even to the martial arts in general.

musici
United States
Local time: 19:41

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
ProZ.com Staff: Right. It's used in hockey, for example.
1 hr

Maynard Hogg: In computers, ura-waza means undocumented trick
2 hrs

cubby: most accurate
7 hrs

Gunsou
1 day 23 hrs

Benjamin Wood: right on the money this one
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10 hrs
move


Explanation:
"Technique" and "trick" are both okay too but so is "move" as in, "He knows some devastating moves."

Depending upon the context you might also use "craft", "facility", "knack", "sleight", "device", "artifice", "art" and many of other words listed at the page below.


    Reference: http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=art
Timothy Takemoto
Local time: 12:41
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 65
Grading comment
Nice reference.

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ProZ.com Staff: perfect
2 hrs

Gunsou
1 day 20 hrs
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15 hrs
Maneuver


Explanation:
Although 'technique' is probably the best direct translation, in referring to martial arts, a technique can also suggest a 'style', where as a 'waza' is a specific throw, or block, etc.

cubby
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17 hrs
skill


Explanation:
“waza”
skill, technique
(sorry, I did not read the martial art thing when I wrote this answer, but the basic meaning of it does not change.)

it means skill, technique, as indicated by the many splendid answers above, but the usage of this term probably exceeds the usual use of the terms skill and technique in English.
It may here include the meaning of “special gift” or in some cases “god-given gift”.
Translating “waza” requires some context: who is doing what.
But the main point here is, waza refers to “well developed” skills (traditional) in contrast to simply being “good at something”.

(In a modern judo match it "simply" means, the person who had a waza has received a point for technical performance. A rather limited use of the term.)

Hope this helps.
Greetings from Japan: Thomas


Thomas Blasejewicz
Japan
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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move


Explanation:
As in "nice move" in a sport.
But that is justone meaning; choose another answer.

ProZ.com Staff
Local time: 19:41
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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