Age Uke – High Block in Karate

Age Uke - High Block in Karate

Age Uke

Age Uke also known as the rising block or upward block, it is used against any attack above the solar plexus. It is considered a very important block which can also be found in other martial art styles but with a few differences. Age Uke is an important piece in many Katas and techniques.

How to do Age Uke Step by step:

  • Your starting positions should be a Kiba dachi or any other training stance.
  • Your hands should be on your right side before you do your first block.
  • Your first block should move to your center of your body, which has to travel up in front of your forehead and then rotate your forearm exposing the outer side of it.
  • Keep your elbow aligned with your shoulder.

Age Uke is usually practiced against straight punches, we see a 90 degree angle in front and above the forehead. This will expose the attackers ribs and part of the middle section to counterattack.


  • Do not overextend your block, it should end where your body ends.
  • Your block has to be extended out from your forehead.
  • Do not lean forward when blocking, the block meets the attack only.

Recommended Karate Techniques:

Main Traditional Karate

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