what is soto uke?
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 Uke means outside block, or actually outside receiving.
In Wado's case receiving TO the outside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
soto uke "vs" yoko sode dori
This Kumite is NOT ONLY to learn how to handle with someone grabbing your sleeve. It also matches the 5 keys— especially the one that is often overlooked as explained in the video at the top of this page.
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.