Jodan Uke

jodan uke

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Jodan Uke3
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The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Jodan Uke1

Jodan Uke actually refers to all Uke Waza happening at Jodan level.

In other styles, for example Shotokan, this technique is called Age Uke. Something can be said in favor of the approach. Age describes the trajectory of the movement and classifies more as well. Soto Uke for example, if executed Jodan, can also be called Jodan Uke. You can see why Age Uke might be a more easy approach. Having said that, when we say Jodan Uke in Wado it means the basic technique as shown below. Most of the time anyway, so you can't really go wrong.

The main thing is to not expose the armpit during Jodan Uke. Do so by squeezing your elbow inside during the movement while avoiding unnecessary tension. 

execute jodan uke using these key points

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key points of jodan uke

Key points of Jodan uke are:

  1. Bring your elbow inside properly;
  2. Pass Seichusen and bring your arm next to your head;
  3. Execute Jodan uke from your elbow;
  4. Make sure that your arm and side of the body form a straight line. 

I mention and demonstrate the above key points of Jodan uke in the video.

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training methods for jodan uke

1/3 use two stances to their benefit

Each stance has advantages and disadvantages. If you know these you can pick the stance that you use for practise deliberately.

2/3 how to isolate rotational movement

After focussing on the centre line and the trajectory of the arm, it's time to add body movement. Importance lies in picking the right method so you can strictly focus on rotational movement. At the same time it should complement Jodan Uke.

3/3 Combine What You Learned And Connect This To Your Movement

If you're looking for the most effecient way to practise you have to let all methods complement each other. Hence the movement chose in this method and the stance are not an accident.

practise 2 types of jodan uke in 1 ippon kumite

For the first movement, you can use either regular or Nagashi Jodan Uke. Then quickly switch to the 3rd type of Jodan Uke.

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jodan uke applications

Ultimately, all techniques are applications of the fundamental principles. Jodan Uke included. Beginner level applications are straight forward - you can recognise the technique easily. 

The more advanced you get, the more you know how to use the fundamental principle. In the end it may not even look like Jodan Uke...

beginner level ippon kumite

The most standard use of Jodan Uke is demonstrated below using an Ippon Kumite. This is the way first taught to beginners. The second movement is one of the ways to continue and counter attack.

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Application of Jodan Uke1
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