Karate Blocking Techniques – Japanese Terms

“Uke” means block in Japanese, and can be performed with hands, arms, legs and feet.

Karate Blocks

Ashi baraiBlocking sweep
Age uke (Jodan uke)Rising block (Upper block)
Chudan suki ukeMiddle scooping block
Chudan shotei yoko ukeMiddle level open hand block
Chudan ukeInside circular block
Chudan uchi ukeOutside forearm block (Middle Block)
Gedan baraiDownward block (Lower block)
Gedan uchi baraiDownward block (Fom outside inward)
Haisoku baraiInstep block (Inside to outside)
Hiji ukeElbow block
Hiki ukeOpen hand pulling grasping block
Hiza uchi ukeKnee block (Blocking outside to inside)
Hiza soto ukeKnee block (Blocking inside to outside)
Kake ukeOpen hand hooking block
Ko ukeWrist block
Kosa ukeCross block arms crossed at wrist
Mawashi ukeRound house block with two hands
Morote ukeReinforced block
Otoshi ukeBlocking downward with palm heel
Shotei gedan bariOpen hand downward block
Shotei otoshi ukeOpen hand dropping block
Shotei ukePalm heel block
Shuto ukeKnife hand block
Sokutei harai ukeBlock with sole of the foot (Outside to inside)
Tora guchiCircular double block to gedan and jodan
Uchi ukeInside forearm block
Ura ukeBack hand block