Uke Waza - 打伎

Uke Waza - 打伎 (‘blokking techniques’) are another, important step of techniques within the Kyokushin Karate. The result of a well-executed Karate block is that the defender comes into a good position to move to attack. It is often said that a good attack is the best defense, but in Kyokushin Karate a good defense can also be the best attack.


During Kihon-training, individual techniques are trained with the aim of refining them, which will teach the Karateka to move more efficient and effective without adding excess extra movements. Positions and footwork, along with the use of hips, pelvis and abdomen, form the basis of the Kihon training. The emphasis is on the right way of moving and then getting to the final techniques.


Blocking techniques are first learned in their large form, Ō Waza - 大伎, and also in a hard form. That is, with large and round movements and powerful tension of the body on the exhalation and without evasive footwork. As they are performed faster and more powerfully and applied in combat exercises, the movement reduces, Ko Waza - 小伎.


Both hands have a function in a block. In basic technique, one of the hands or arms makes the actual block (Yang) and the other has a protective function (Yin). That is, the protective hand or arm, protects, during the block, important Pressure or Vital Points, Kyusho - 急所, such as the Solar Plexus, Suigetsu - 水月. When the block is trained with an opponent, the functions of both hands or arms can vary. The hand that has a protective function in the basic technique (Yin-hand) can therefore be given a more active function, such as e.g. intercepting, distracting or even completely repelling the attack. The protective hand can also begin with a counterattack in such a case.


If the Karateka is also able to fend off an attack in this way and stay afloat, he or she learns softer ways of defending. For example, blocks with evasive footwork or relaxing blocks on the inhalation.


In the Kihon training it is important to stick to the full and correct movement, to prevent dilution of the technique, as well as the formation of force contained in it.


At the basic block techniques, the Yin hand, or the reaction hand, is pulled back against the side of the rib cage in the Hikite position. Here the ribs are not protected or minimally muscle-protected, partly that's why we turn the upper body 45 degrees. At most open hand blocks, the reaction hand is pulled back to the Solar Plexus. With more advanced combinations and training forms, the reaction hand can also make a defensive or attacking movement. The arms make a conductive contact, with each other and/or the body. This keeps the coverage closed and forces joined.


Uke Blocks Weringen 打伎
Seiken Jodan Uke
正拳 上段受け

(10e Kyu)
Upper level Block Blok op een hoge stoot
Shuto Jodan Uke
手刀 上段 十字受け

(10e Kyu)
Upper Knife Hand Block Open Handkant Blok naar boven
Seiken Gedan Barai
正拳 下段払い

(10e Kyu)
Lower Block Blok naar beneden
Shuto Gedan Barai
手刀 下段払い

(10e Kyu)
Knife-Hand Lower Block Open Handkant Blok naar beneden
Seiken Soto Uke
正拳 外受け

(9e Kyu)
Middle Area Outside Block Blok van buitenaf
Shuto Soto Uke
手刀 外受け

(9e Kyu)
Knife-Hand Middle Area Outside Block Open Handkant Blok van buitenaf
Seiken Uchi Uke
正拳 內受け

(9e Kyu)
Middle Area Inside Block Blok van binnenuit
Shuto Uchi Uke
手刀 內受け

(9e Kyu)
Knife-Hand Middle Area Inside Block Open Handkant Blok van binnenuit
Seiken Uchi Uke Gedan Barai
正拳 內受け 下段払い

(8e Kyu)
Double Middle Area Inside Block Dubbel blok van binnenuit
Shuto Uchi Uke Gedan Barai
手刀內受け 下段払い

(8e Kyu)
Knife-Hand Double Middle Area Inside Block Open Handkant Dubbel Blok van binnenuit
Morote Uchi Uke
正拳 內受け

(8e Kyu)
Middle Area Inside Block Ondersteund Blok van binnenuit
Shuto Mawashi Uke
手刀 回し受

(7e Kyu)
Circural Knife Hand Block Draaiend Handkant Blok
Shuto Mae Mawashi Uke
手刀 前 回し受

(7e Kyu)
Roundhouse Block Dubbele Spaakwiel Blok naar voren
Enkei Gyaku Tsuki
円 突き

(6e Kyu)
Circle Block followed by reverse Punch Cirkel Blok gevolgd door tegengestelde Stoot
Mawashi Gedan Barai
回し下段払い

(6e Kyu)
Circural Lower Block Cirkelblok naar beneden
Seiken Juji Gedan Barai
正拳十字下段払い

(6e Kyu)
Cross Hand Lower Block Gekruisd Hand Blok naar beneden
Start met hoog gekruisd blok en eindigt met Gedan Barai
Hiji Chudan Uke
肘外受け

(6e Kyu)
Elbow Middle Block Midden blok met Elleboog
Shuto Jodan Uchi Uke
手刀上段內受け

(6e Kyu)
Knife Hand upper inside Block Open Handkant Blok op een hoge stoot van binnenuit
Seiken Jodan Juji Uke
正拳上段十字受け

(5e Kyu)
Upper Cross Hand Block Gekruisd Hand Blok naar boven
Shuto Jodan Juji Uke
手刀上段十字受け

(5e Kyu)
Upper Knife Hand Crossed or X Shaped Block Open Handkant gekruisd Blok naar boven
Seiken Gedan Juji Uke
正拳下段 十字受け

(5e Kyu)
Upper Cross Hand Block Gekruisd Hand Blok naar boven
Shuto Gedan Juji Uke
手刀下段 十字受け

(5e Kyu)
Lower Knife Hand Crossed or X Shaped Block Open Handkant gekruisd Blok naar beneden
Shotei Jodan Uke
掌底 上段受け

(5e Kyu)
High Palm Heel Block Hoge Handpalm blok
(Teisho)
Shotei Chudan Uke
掌底 外受け

(5e Kyu)
Middle Palm Heel Block Midden Handpalm blok
Shotei Gedan Uke
掌底 下段払い

(5e Kyu)
Low Palm Heel Block Lage Handpalm blok
Koken Jodan Uke
弧拳 上段受け

(4e Kyu)
Wrist Upper Block Hoog blok met Pols
Koken Chudan Uke
弧拳 外受け

(4e Kyu)
Wrist Middle Block Midden blok met Pols
Koken Gedan Uke
弧拳 下段払い

(4e Kyu)
Wrist Lower Block Laag blok met Pols
Shuto Morote Gedan Uke
手刀 下段払い)

(3e Kyu)
Both Knife-Hands Lower Block Dubbel Open Hand blok naar beneden
Shotei Morote Gedan Uke
掌底 諸手 下段払い

(3e Kyu)
Double Low Palm Heel Block Dubbele Lage Handpalm blok
Kake Uke (J/C)
掛受け

(6e Kyu)
Hooking Block Haak Blok
Kake Morote Jodan Uke
掛 諸手 上段 受け

(5e Kyu)
Supported High Hooking Block Ondersteunde Haakwering
Haito Uchi Uke
背刀 內受け

(1e Kyu)
Inner Knife-Hand Middle Inside Block Blok van binnenuit met Duimzijde hand
Shotei Osea Uke
掌底 押え受け

(1e Kyu)
Palm Heel press down Block Neerwaards Handpalm blok
Haitō Morote Uchi Uke
諸手背刀內受け

(1e Dan)
Supported Ridge Hand Inner Block Ondersteunde Blok van binnenuit met Duimzijde hand
Frequently used Block Techniques
Seiken Morote Gedan Barai
正拳 諸手 下段払い
Seiken Kake Wake Uke
正拳 掻き分け受け
Reverse Wedge Block Dubbel blok naar beneden
Seiken Uchi Uke / Jodan Uke
正拳 內受け上段受け

(2e Pinan)
Double Block, Middle Area Inside Block and Upper level Block Dubbel Blok, van binnenuit en naar boven
Haito Uke
背刀受け

(2e Pinan)
Ridge Hand Block Blok met Duimzijde Hand
Shuto Uchi Uke / Jodan Uke
手刀 內受け上段受け

(2e Pinan)
Knife-Hand Double Block, Middle Area Inside Block and Upper level Block Open Handkant Dubbel Blok, van binnenuit en naar boven
Seiken Manji Uke
正拳 卍受

(5e Pinan)
Double block, combining a lower level sweeping Block and upper level rising Block Dubbel Blok, combinatie van een Blok naar beneden en naar boven
Gedan Barai with Jodan Uchi Uke or Jodan Soto Yoko Te
Mikazuki Geri Uke
三日月蹴り受け

(5e Pinan, Kanku)
Circular Block with Sole from the outside to the inside Cirkelvormig Blok met Voetzool van buiten naar binnen
Mika: ’halve maan
Teisoku Mawashi Geri Uke
Teisoku Geri Uke
Haishu Uke
背手受け

(5e Pinan, Seipai, Kanku)
Block with back of Hand Circular Block with Sole from the outside to the inside Blok met de achterkant van de Hand
Shotei Uchi Uke Gedan Barai
掌底 內受け 下段払い

(Saiha)
Palm Heel Double Middle Area Inside Block Handpalm dubbel blok van binnenuit
Shotei Yumi Uke
掌底 弓 受け

(Seienchin)
Palm Heel Bow Block Handpalm Boog blok
Koken Jodan Morote Uke
上段弧拳諸手受け

(Garyu)
Double Wrist Upper Block Hoog Ondersteund Blok met Pols
Sune Uke
脛受け

(Kumite)
Shin Block Blok met Scheenbeen