Shotei Uke

Shotei uke (doing a defense using the palm of the hand) does not really have a specific movement that characterises itself. It can be found in several kata though. Niseishi, Jitte and Wanshu are examples. Shotei Uke is frequently used as Otoshi Uke, Osae Uke and Yoko Harai Uke. All depends on circumstance.

Variations of Shotei Uke

When doing Shotei Uke, bend at the wrist forcefully and fold the fingers to use the palm of the hand. This is the formal version of Shotei (also called Teisho, simply reversing the Kanji order). The main thing is bending the wrist so that you can use the palm of the hand to strike. 

This variation is called Yoko Harai Uke. You could also call it Chudan Shotei Uchi Uke. This is the first movement of Niseishi. Some instructors extend the fingers, others bend them slightly. Then there are instructors who emphasise to use the formal Shotei with the fingers bent.

This movement comes from Jitte and can be found in Wanshu as well. 

Shotei is demonstrated as a Morote Uke, one upward as Age Uke and the other downward, as Otoshi and Osae Uke.

Shotei for defence and attack

When Ukemi attacks with Jodan Gyakuzuki, move your body to the outside and do a Taisabaki. At the same time, execute Shotei Uke just behind or on Ukemi's elbow joint. Continuously grab Ukemi and pull him into your counterattack. For this Ippon Kumite, use Shotei to counter attack as well. 


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