Related to Alternative name for downward kick?, what is the origin of the kick name, "Chikyo Chagi" (possibly 치쿄 차기)? Is it named after the Chikyō-dō region? Does it come from the Japanese Chikyo (血居), apparently translated as "blood house"?

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    In my limited experience of Japanese language. Unless the characters match it's a different word. They don't have a huge number of sounds. Puns in Japanese very common and are a source of much superstition. The reason you don't use 'shi' for counting most of the time for example is that it sounds like the word for death.
    – Huw Evans
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 15:43

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According to the notoriously inaccurate Google translate:

Chikyo 치쿄 translates to 'first time'.

Chagi 차기 on the other hand has no English translation from Japanese to English.

From this you might guess: The first time this kick was done in that particular school, someone called Chagi did it.


This link confirms that chagi can be a surname in Japan... However note that the characters are different:


So I'm going to conclude that this is incorrect.

Probably what is going on is that this is a kick that you start a drill with. Chagi 차기 is basically not a Japanese word so this is probably only used in martial arts which have a both a Japanese and Korean influence (Like Taekwondo).

地球けり or Chikyūkeri is Earth Kick! Earth Kick in Korean is... 지구 차기 jigu chagi

As this is a downward kick this is probably the more accurate translation.

  • But 地球けり or Chikyūkeri is Earth Kick!
    – Huw Evans
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 16:16
  • And Earth Kick in Korean is... 지구 차기 jigu chagi!
    – Huw Evans
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 16:18
  • :) Thank you. This makes sense. I'm going to give it a day or two, but I like your answer. Commented Aug 23, 2023 at 12:34
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    Just wanted to add: 차기 comes from 차다 which is "to kick" in Korean. -다 is the infinitive form and the -기 is like a nounifier, the equivalent of turning it from "kicking" into "kick".
    – Druckles
    Commented Sep 26, 2023 at 15:46

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