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André Bertel's Take

André Bertel's Take

Episode 006 2023.05.07

Timing of Ukewaza

Timing of Ukewaza


Ukewaza, or receiving techniques, are also used in karate. However, the timing of ukewaza in karate can differ from that of Aikido. In karate, ukewaza is typically used to block an opponent's attack and counterattack simultaneously.


The timing of ukewaza in karate is typically based on the opponent's movements and the specific technique being used. In general, the block should be executed as soon as the opponent's attack is seen or felt. However, the exact timing can vary depending on the specific technique being used and the speed and intensity of the opponent's attack.


For example, in the case of a basic high block (jodan uke), the block should be executed as soon as the opponent's punch is seen or felt. The block is executed with a sharp movement that deflects the opponent's attack, while simultaneously striking the opponent with a counterattack.

In other cases, such as when executing a low block (gedan barai), the block may be executed slightly later to allow the opponent's attack to move further forward before being blocked.


In general, the timing of ukewaza in karate requires a balance between speed, accuracy, and control. Through practice and experience, karate practitioners can develop the timing and skill needed to effectively execute ukewaza techniques in a variety of situations.


Check out Andre's take on Timing of Ukewaza:


http://andrebertel.blogspot.com/2023/04/timing-of-ukewaza.html

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