Shuto Uke – Knife Hand Block

Click the symbol for an mp3 file for your iPod. Download it, play it and practice. Shuto Uke – Knife hand block. Make sure this block makes contact with the edge of the hand, like a “Karate chop”, and not the back of the hand like a slap.

Sanbon Tsuki – Triple Punch

Click the symbol for an mp3 file for your iPod. Download it, play it and practice. Sanbon Tsuki – Three punches done as a sequence. The first is a stepping kizame tsuki jodan, then a gyaku tsuki and oi tsuki chudan. The timing should be the kizame tsuki (pause) then a rapid double punch.

Uraken Uchi – Backfist Strike

Click the symbol for an mp3 file for your iPod. Download it, play it and practice. Uraken Uchi – Back fist strike. Start the move with your arm completely bent, and the elbow pointing to the target. Then snap the forearm out and strike with the knuckles.

Uchi Uke – Inside Block

Click the symbol for an mp3 file for your iPod. Download it, play it and practice. Uchi Uke – Inside block. An alternative to Soto Uki. The twist of the forearm at the end of the block must be co-ordinated with the reaction arm coming back, and the body twisting to an angle.

Ushiro Geri – Spinning Back Kick

Click the symbol for an mp3 file for your iPod. Download it, play it and practice. Ushiro Geri – Reverse kick. While the body must spin at the start, the kick must be straight, and not allowed to swing and hook round to the target.

Shotokan Glossary

Welcome to a quick Glossary of some Shotokan Karate terms.
If you see a symbol like this……click on it for an mp3 file for your iPod. It will help you learn the Japanese names and how to pronounce them.

Important: You will be hearing a Welshman saying these Japanese words that he learned from his Liverpudlian instructors…so I do not claim to be pronouncing them correctly. Use them as a guide only.

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