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Learn Karate's Shuto-Uke (or Knife Hand Block)
This section examines Karate's Shuto-Uke (Shoto-Uke) or "Knife Hand Block". The videos below focus on a Karate knife hand block. The first kata that we see this in is Pinan Shodan, but it may be taught sooner in some schools. It uses a new stance also which is Neko Ashi Dachi, or front cat stance, which helps to protect against kicks to your legs and groin area.
Karate blocks are used in self-defense, Karate katas, Karate kihon, etc.
Shuto-Uke is generally what non-karateka think of when they think of karate, a karate chop, which we use as a block, and a strike all in one.
First thing first, this is a block mainly used against a front punch, so.
In regards to this block and strike, the "Chop"motion, used in the block, this should be applied as a strike chopping action in and down the arm, the follow up strike, if used as a palm strike, if you cup the hand as if using it to drink water will create more pain in the opponent and can knock them back.
For more blocking information and videos, visit the main Karate Blocks section.
Instructions For Basic Blocks Including Shuto-Uke
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