Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shotokan Basics Shuto uke Knifehand Block

In shotokan karate, Shuto uke or knife hand block is probably the most difficult of all the basic karate techniques. Especially when stepping in kokutsu dachi (shotokan back stance). Many shotokan karate dojo do not practice this technique until the karateka has been attending karate lessons for several months. Even if you have just started practicing karate, the sooner you understand the basic fundamentals of this karate move, the faster you will progress.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shotokan Basics Gedan Barai Downward Block

Gedanbarai, or downward block is one of the most commonly used karate techniques, in the karate dojo. This technique should be first practiced in shizentai (natural stance), with feet approximately shoulder width apart and toes facing forward. Here is a quick video showing the block in natural stance.

 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Shotokan Basics Soto Ude Uke Outside Forearm Block

Soto ude uke, or outside forearm block is one of the basic karate moves, in the karate dojo. A tricky move to begin with because it contains both linear and circular arm movements, this karate technique should be first practiced in shizentai (natural stance), with feet approximately shoulder width apart and toes facing forward.