Shotokan Karate Punches, Stances & Blocks

TSUKI - PUNCHES

GYAKU TSUKI   

Reverse Punch

KIZAMI SUKI       

Jabbing Punch

OI-TSUKI

Lunge punch

SANBONT SUKI                

 A series of three punches, generally the first is OI TSUKI JODAN, followed by a slight pause then, CHUDAN GYAKU TSUKI. immediately followed by CHUDAN TSUKI, but it can be performed with three punches to the same target

TSUKI                     

A punch or thrust.

ZUKI                        

A different spelling of TSUKI. You would use the spelling 'Zuki' when you are adding the word to another. You use the spelling 'Tsuki' when it is said by itself

DACHI - STANCES

KIBA DACHI

Straddle Stance. Also known as HORSE RIDING STANCE

KOKUTSU DACH

Back Stance

ZENKUTSU DACHI

Forward Stance. The actual translation means Front Knee Bent Stance.

UKE - BLOCKS

AGE UKE

Upper Rising Block. Used generally to guard against an attack to the face. 

CHUDAN UDE UKE   

Middle Level Forearm Block, blocking an attack to the mid-section

CHUDAN UKE     

Middle Level Block. A general term for middle level blocks

GEDAN BARAI

Lower Level Sweep

GEDAN UKE

Lower Level Block

JUJI UKE X

Block

MOROTE UKE

Augmented Block

SHUTO UKE

Knife-hand Block

SOTO UDE UKE

Outside Forearm Block or sometimes said as Lower Wrist Block

SOTO UKE

Outside Block,  a shortened version of Soto Ude Uke

 UCHI UDE UKE

Inside Forearm Block

 UCHI-UKE

Inside Block - a short version of Uchi Ude Uke  

 UDE UKE

Forearm Block

URAKEN UKE

Back Fist Block. For when the Back Fist is used as a block. This application is seen in the Kata Heian Nidan Shotokan 

GERI KICKS & ASHI WAZA - KICKING LEG TECHNIQUES

ASHI BARAI

Foot/Leg Sweep

GERI

Kick - When using the spelling of 'geri' it should be added to another word to describe the kick.

HIZA GERI (strike)

Knee Kick

KEAGE

'Kick Up' in karate we use this when describing snapping as opposed to thrusting kicks. But see Keriage

KEKOMI

Thrust Kick ( Kick Into/Straight). See Kerikomi

KERI

Keri by itself is a noun meaning kick coming from the verb Keru "To kick". The normal spelling is GERI

MAE GERI

Front Kick

MAE GERI KEAGE

Front Snapping Kick

MAE GERI KEKOMI

Front Thrust Kick

MAWASHI GERI

Roundhouse Kick.