Osae Uke

what is osae uke?

Osae means to push, stop, press, attach or seal.

In Wado, we do not oppose strength in principle. But, we do stop an attack before the opponent’s attack becomes powerful. Therefore, Osae Uke should be executed when the attack has no strength at the moment of contact, independent of style.

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Yes, you can practise Maegeri Uke 4...

...but there are MANY MORE. Key is to understand the concept so you can apply it.

And there's a fundamental difference between Kumite Gata 10 Noru and Osae uke that dictates your mindset 👇

what does it take to do osae uke?

Of course: timing and distance. But that's just 2 out of 4...

jodan osae uke

The Digi Dojo - Tanto Dori Ude Garami Dori - Jodan Osae Uke

Torimi should intercept the attack before Ukemi has a chance to generate power. As Ukemi raises the knife his state is weak but unpredictable. It is very difficult to tell whether the attack will come straight down or in an angle. Hence, as Ukemi intends to cut down from above, it is time for Torimi to enter and execute osae uke, which is a state of power. At the same time, it does not matter whether Ukemi had planned jodan uchi or yokomen uchi.

Empi osae uke

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Empi Osae Uke

As you are or get in close, use your elbow to jam the opponents Kamae or block his kick. 

morote shotei osae uke

Morote Shotei Osae Uke from Seishan

Techniques like these are what Ohtsuka Sensei described as "not impossible but not advantageous" or something similar. 

shotei otoshi osae uke

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Shotei Uke2

This technique reminds me of "paint down" from the KarateKid. Some people may believe this stuff only happens in the movies though... In certain situations, it's actually very practical to use either hand in the shown manner.

osae uke ippon kumite

The instant that you stop the opponent attack, it is wise to attack. He is not just going to stand there and odds are he will continue to attack. Ideally, execute Osae Uke together with an attack. These pictures are originally from my book "Wado No Michi" and at the time we chose to leave out atemi for the first picture. The reason is simple, now the attention is fully drawn to Osae Uke. Advice is to execute Atemi to the body and then step through to take the opponent down.

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Application of Osae Uke1
The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Application of Osae Uke2

stop the opponent in time with osae uke

use osae uke to stop your opponents attack before he can even use it


The key to this one is to take the right distance first.



I was once told "you have to think: empi, power". I do understand the function of laser focussing your effort in order to give it your all... but in this case, I disagree. My students would never hear me emphasise the power of the arm and especially not techniques that rely on timing in the first place. Here's my advise on this particular one.


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