Shotokan Karate - Terminology

These pages provide information that will be useful for any student trying to grasp the Japanese terminology of Karate. The pages have been divided into separate topics to make navigation of these pages easier.

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[ BLOCKS ]


[ PUNCHES ]


[ KICKS ]


[ STANCES ]


[ STRIKES ]

 

BLOCKS

AGE UKE Upper Rising Block. Used generally to guard against an attack to the face.
ASHIBO-KAKE UKE Leg Hooking Block, in which the leg is raised to the side and swung in a circle to deflect an opponents side kick to the abdomen.
ASHIKUBI-KAKE UKE Ankle Hooking Block. Normally used to block a front kick. It is similar in motion to Ashibo-Kake Uke.
AWASE UKE Combined Block. A generic term for any combined block.
CHUDAN UDE UKE Middle Level Forearm Block, blocking an attack to the mid-section.
CHUDAN UKE Middle Level Block. A general term for middle level blocks.
EMPI UKE Elbow Block. A general term for the blocking action using the elbow.
GEDAN BARAI Lower Level Sweep. Normally the first move students make prior to going on to do their combinations, one of the reason's for this is so that the first move in Karate is a block which demonstrates that Karate is for self-defence. When we call Gedan Barai it is really a shortened version of Gedan Barai Uke.
GEDAN BARAI UKE Lower level Sweeping Block. Gedan Barai but using it as a block
GEDAN SOTO UDE UKE Lower Level Outside Forearm Block, as seen in the Kata Tekki Nidan.
GEDAN UKE Lower Level Block.
HAISHU UKE Back Hand Block. A block using the back of the hand.
HAITO UKE Ridge-hand Block.
HAI-WAN UKE Back Arm Block
HARAI WAZA Sweeping techniques.
HIJI UKE Elbow Block, a blocking action using the elbow. Also see Empi Uke
JODAN UKE High Level Block.
JO UKE WAZA Jo Blocking Techniques. Used in the KATA BASSAI SHO.
JUJI UKE X Block.
KAGI UKE Hooking Block.
KAISHO UKE Open Hand Block.
KAKE UKE Hooking Block. A generic term for hooking blocks.
KAKIWAKE UKE Reverse Wedge Block.
KEITO UKE Chicken Head Block.
KENTSUI UKE (Or TETTSUI UKE) Hammer Fist Block.
KOSA UKE Crossed Block.
MOROTE UKE Augmented Block.
NAGASHI UKE Sweeping Block. This is one of the times that Nagashi is referred to as Sweeping.
NAMI ASHI Inside Snapping Block, also known as Returning Wave, as seen in the Kata Tekki Shodan.
OTOSHI-UKE Dropping Block.
SEIRYUTO UKE Ox Jaw Block. A hand technique delivered with the base of the SHUTO (Knife hand).
SHUTO UKE Knife-hand Block.
SOTO UDE UKE Outside Forearm Block or sometimes said as Lower Wrist Block.
SOTO UKE Outside Block, normally a shortened version of Soto Ude Uke.
SUKUI UKE Scooping Block.
TE GATANA UKE Hand Sword Block, this is now most commonly referred to as 'Shuto Uke'.
TEISHO BARAI Palm Heel Sweep. As seen in the Kata Unsu.
TEISHO UKE Palm Heel Block.
TSUKAMI UKE Grasping Block.
TSUKI UKE Punching Block.
UCHI UDE UKE Inside Forearm Block.
UCHI-UKE Inside Block generally used as a short version of Uchi Ude Uke.
UDE UKE Forearm Block.
UKE Block.
URAKEN UKE Back Fist Block. For when the Back Fist is used as a block. This application is seen in the Kata Heian Nidan.
 

[ BLOCKS ]


[ PUNCHES ]


[ KICKS ]


[ STANCES ]


[ STRIKES ]

 
 
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Sensei Peter Calver
Chief Instructor
Tel: 07801 088188
sensei@ceska.co.uk



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