The dropping and snapping of the arm is designed to push the strike down and away from the body.
"Blocks are the first moves that a student learns because Karate is primarily an art of self defense."
The Rising Block starts from a ready position, right fist to the center of the body, left elbow on top.
Allow the left fist to travel straight up turning the palm out and to the right as it passes the forehead.
The block stops with the center of the arm one fist distance from the center of forehead and angled up at 45 degrees.
This angle allows for the strike being blocked to follow the arm down and away from the body.
The Outside Block begins from a ready position where the left arm moves to a “L” position, at the side of the left shoulder, the fist palm out.
The arm snaps around to the front of the body, turning the left palm in and dropping the fist to chin level.
|The Inside Block (Uchi-Uke) starts from a ready position where the left elbow is out to the side and the left fist is placed on the left hip. |
The left elbow snaps to the center of the body, and the fist to the front of the shoulder.
This snap pushes the strike out and away from the body.
|The Downward Block like the rising block starts from the ready position, right fist to the center of the body, left elbow on top. Let the left fist fall forward and when it passes the belt, snap the fist over so the palm is down and the thumb is to center of thigh. |
This places the edge of the fist just beyond the leg and allows the strike being blocked to pass without hitting the body.
|The Knife Hand Block is usually practiced from a back stance position. |
The right arm is positioned across the body, knife hand palm down.
The left arm is positioned with the knife hand covering the right ear, palm in.
The left knife hand snaps out and rotates to palm out at the edge of the body as the right knife hand is drawn into the center of the chest, palm up.
|Gedan juji uke is a downward cross (juji) block with both fists. It starts with both hands on the hip, one fist stacked on the other.|