Gedan Barai

what is Gedan barai?

Prepare the arm in front of the chest with the palm facing upwards.

When executing gedan barai, incorporate a sharp twist in the wrist and move the elbow sufficiently. Close the fist for basic practice. Later on you can experiment otherwise.

In gedan (or chudan) barai the outside of the arm is used to push, parry or deflect an attack. The actual basic gedan barai is like jodan uke not impossible to be used, but such techniques are likely to transform according to the situation. Both are the most basic methods to understand the principles of movement.

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Gedan Barai3
The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Gedan Barai2
The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Gedan Barai 1

how to execute mawatte gedan barai β€” properly

Mawatte Gedan barai has two important components, which should be connected to each other.

First there is the turning of the body, with the body. Don't think of stepping with your foot, but about  turning your body. Also, make sure it is one movement. 

Execute Gedan barai as you turn your body. Make sure to do Gedan barai in a smooth -that means one- movement. Keypoints of Gedan barai are using the elbow (pull your elbow) and the twist of the wrist.

Since Gedan barai and your body move approximately at the same time, you can use the build up energy of your body movement to make Gedan barai more effective.

mawatte gedan barai practise

Learn HOW to turn with your body in one smooth movement. It basically comes down to two things: one at the start and one during the movement.

gedan barai applications

Gedan Barai is basic practise is "just" basic practise. Well - not just. It's learning the neutral. Understanding that so you will realise the meaning of the full scope.

It's how you move to Osae Uke. Or Soto Harai Uke. It's all connected to Gedan Barai and in a way it's the same things as it has the same origin.

beginner level ippon kumite

Note: Practice correcting the distance after Gedan Barai or practise to execute Mawashigeri from short range. Free advice: Try to use the ball of the foot...

The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Application of Gedan Barai
The Digi Dojo - Uke Waza - Application of Gedan Barai - Mawashigeri

advanced level ippon kumite

Turn Gedan Barai into Soto Harai Uke when the opponent attacks with Sokuto. Continuously slide in, control his Kamae and attack with Gyakuzuki.

PRO: execute gedan barai using these keys

details of gedan barai

Yes, twist your hips, but that's a given right? There is 1 other crucial element that is often overlooked which is the difference between average and excellent...

from static to dynamic movement

Use this method to transform your static (dare I say robotic) basic movement into dynamic movement that's easier to apply.

gedan barai height training

While dynamic movement is the most important, following the fundamentals...: form does matter.

If you use the correct way of movement (the one that is the most efficient and rewarding) you will end up at the correct height. This method assists you to do exactly that.

pRO: get your mawatte gedan barai to the next level

here's how to turn faster

Ever wondered why top instructors are faster than you? It's often not what they do. Rather: what they don't do...

advanced training: mawatte with chinshinho and seichujiku

This method teaches you how to combine Seichujiku with Chinshinho. It is not a practical training per se - it is a fundamental training. To program your body. Developing movement patterns that create sharp and stable movement.


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