Details And Keys Of Soto Uke

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Soto uke is one of the most fundamental basic blocks. Although Wado officially does not have 'blocks', this word is easy to use for general explanations. Soto means outside block, or actually outside receiving.

Soto Uke is the name for a basic block, but is also the term used for all Uke Waza done from the inside to the outside. 

Uke means to receive, which indicates the way how an attack is dealt with. 

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soto uke basic training

When practising Soto Uke, one after the other, prepare your arm before doing Soto Uke. In Wado, it should always be one movement. Follow the complete trajectory and practise in a large movement. Do not stop halfway though, that would be it choppy and two movements. Execute Soto Uke smoothly in one go.

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next level soto uke is within arms reach with these videos

two training methods that will help you improve soto uke

Using Naihanchi dachi has several advantages. One of the advantages is leaving out body movement. The more factors there are at play, the less focus you can put on a certain element. By using Naihanchi dachi you have the opportunity to focus completely on the movement of the arm. In the video, I demonstrate that method and another one as well, where body movement is added on purpose. I also explain the key points and advantages of that particular method.  

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step up your game and learn soto uke with meotode

This video shows you exactly how I build my class from the ground up. From basic Soto Uke to advanced Meotode with Nage Waza.

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applications of soto uke

beginner level ippon kumite

Simly step back and execute Soto Uke, grab him and pull a bit when you do Maegeri. This type of Kumite is good to learn how to time Soto Uke (bringing your arm across in time). The counter is a good example of how to utilise the position.

The Digi Dojo Sanbon Kumite Chudan Uke 2 - Soto Uke 1
The Digi Dojo - Soto Uke Ippon Kumite - Maegeri

advanced level ippon kumite

You might notice that Hiroki Ishikawa sensei's arm is pointing diagonally up instead of straight up. This is because of the Nagashi element that has been used for this application. Other examples such as Jodan uke and Uchi uke use the techniques as they are in basic practise. Techniques should be adaptable and suit the circumstance. In this case, the direction of Soto Uke is not to the side, but behind yourself. Twist your body and use Gyakuzuki dachi as you execute Jodan Nagashi Soto Uke.

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