Kake Uke

what is kake uke?

Kake uke is a hooking technique in order to pull and grab continuously.

Open the thumb and curve the fingers slightly. Some teachers have the thumb bent like Shuto, but this is not our way. With the thumb opened it is much easier to take hold of the opponent.

Perhaps the most interesting Kake Uke can be found in Seishan as this is a practise with a transition. Kake Uke in kata like Chinto and Niseishi are more basic in their approach.

1 specific key that ONLY applies to kake uke...

⚠️ DON'T do this in kake uke ⚠️

I still remember vividly that Kake uke was called Hikkake uke in one of Ishikawa sensei's books. 

Whether it was right or wrong was not clear and it confused me for a while. I let it rest since it seemed unlikely that Ishikawa sensei did not master his mother tongue. What the actual reason was for Ishikawa sensei to call it Hikkake uke in that book, as he talked about Kake uke during this classes and other instructors also used Kake uke is still not clear to me. Maybe it is an abbreviation? What I did find out is that both mean the same thing. That said, to me Hikkake uke is a better description of the technique.

I will explain why I think so...

引っ掛ける = Hikkakeru = to hang, hook, catch, trap, cheat ("ru" at the end of the word means that it is a verb)

掛ける = Kakeru = to hang (In Karate translated as hook)

Of course, you can be a critic about both words and their meaning, but in the end it is the execution and the quality that counts. Still, I feel that the essential difference lies in the character 引 = Hi. This "Hi" is equal to the "Hi" of Hikite, which means pull.

The application of Kake uke is actually to grab the opponent as you make a pulling movement. Doing it that way, increases your chance to connect your attack.

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Kake uke basic training

Key points of a proper execution are not numerous.

In fact, apart from basic Karate key points which apply to any technique, Kake Uke has only two. One is the use of the elbow and the other is the wrist movement. And since both these key points reinforce the other, you are already 75% on your way if you get either of them right. For example, if you bend your wrist to the outside, your elbow will naturally move inward and point down.

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Kake Uke0
The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Kake Uke1
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here's how to work on kake uke with specific methods

improve your grip with these effective methods

Use your belt in various ways that allow you to progress your skill. In Kake Uke for example, being able to grip strongly is very important. Another thing is to connect with your opponents arm. Both of these elements can be practised easily and effectively on your own. The only thing you need is your belt...

methods to develop kake uke

In this video, I demonstrate a training method to develop timing, sensitivity and grip development in an efficient manner.

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applications of kake uke

The "total knowledge" inside kake uke creates numerous opportunities

kake uke ippon kumite 9 ohyo

The contacting, sliding and gripping that you practise in the methods in the other video come to life in this Ippon Kumite appliction.

kake uke in pinan yondan

beginner level ippon kumite

This Ippon Kumite is an example of how Kake Uke can be used. In this example, the opponent's wrist is grabbed and pulled in to reinforce the empi behind the elbow.


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