Hiji Uke

what is hiji uke?

For Hiji uke, the basic movement can be found in Pinan Sandan and Chinto, where it is practiced in a large movement. The Kamae that precedes Hiji Uke is considered a preparation for the movement that follows. The Kata pictures below are a demonstration of Hiji Uke from Pinan Sandan and Chinto. Note that some instructors do not open the elbow for Chinto. 

In both Kata, the emphasis is placed on rotation of the central axis (Seichujiku). The video and the photo series show how you can use Hiji uke in combination with Seichujiku for close range.

in just how many ways can you execute hiji uke?

As with anything in life, the biggest danger lies in either misunderstanding or being narrow minded.

What exactly is Hiji Uke? What you see in Pinan Sandan...?

osae hiji uke

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Osae Hiji Uke

jodan hiji uke

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Jodan Hiji Uke
Kihon Kumite 8 - Hiji Uke

nagashi hiji uke

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Nagashi Hiji Uke
The Digi Dojo - Nagashi Hiji Uke
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hiji uke in kata

hiji uke in pinan sandan

In Pinan Sandan, Hiji uke is trained in a large movement. The step (Ayumi ashi) helps to master the timing.

hiji uke in chinto

The movement in Chinto is more difficult than Hiji Uke from Pinan Sandan, because the movement is shorter and more direct.

how to use hiji uke in close range

A practical example is working from a neutral position as shown below. In this case you work with central axis in combination with your arms hanging relaxed by the sides of the body for protection. The relaxed arm can be used to parry or deflect an attack such as a punch or grabbing action with the body. After Hiji uke, you can use the rotational movement of the body to execute shuto uchi to the floating ribs. Control Ukemi at the same time with your right hand and make sure follow up and use both hands in harmony accordingly as you continue with chudanzuki. The working together of the hands is called Meotode.

hiji uke self defense application

When it comes to actual self defense, you want to know what to do and what to let go of. Say the first move of Pinan Sandan. In self defence, do you care whether your Neko Ashi is proper or not? See how Hiji Uke can be used practically.

applications of hiji uke

ippon kumite hiji uke

In Sakagami Sensei's syllabus, Hiji Uke is used in Ippon Kumite Tsuki Uke 7 and 8. First on the outside, then the inside. Note how Hiji Uke is followed by grabbing the wrist with the other hand.

ippon kumite tsuki uke 7

Ippon Kumite Tsuki Uke 8

use hiji uke as otoshi uke

This Ippon Kumite uses the elbow to drop inside of Ukemi's attack. You can practise it in two movements to start with, as pictured. Once you get the hang of it, work towards more circular motion and do both movements in one go. In other words, don't stop after Hiji Uke, but block and strike in one continuous movement.

hiji uke ippon kumite

Whether you're looking for a typical Wado one with Kuzushi, or a more "self-defense-like" technique with trapping... Check this one.

kata kaisetsu from pinan sandan hiji uke


In Kaisetsu the back hand is still in Hiji Uke Gamae. Of course, this is not necessary at all in regular Kumite and in fact not the best way.

For Kata however, you need to create a situation where you can practise continuously.

This Kaisetsu shows at least these four things:

  • Height of Hiji Uke
  • End position of Hiji Uke
  • Direction of Power in Hiji Uke
  • Distance from the opponent.


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