Karate Blocks

Karate Blocks

In traditional Karate, there are three zones for blocks: high, middle, and low. Here is a rundown of the Karate blocks used in Karate-do, Shotokan, Kyokushin Kai, and Shito Ryu. It’s important to note that when performing a block, the opposite arm is brought into a chamber position, similar to executing a back elbow strike. This serves as a safety measure in case of a surprise attack from behind.


Here are some detailed points to keep in mind regarding the proper execution of Karate moves:

  • Posture is crucial in Karate. Always keep your back straight to maintain balance and stability. This also helps to prevent injury and allows for a more effective transfer of power through your body.
  • A strong stance is essential to provide support and balance while performing Karate techniques. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with your weight evenly distributed between them. Keep your knees slightly bent and your center of gravity low for maximum stability.
  • Kiai is a term used in Karate to describe the forceful exhale that accompanies a strike or block. This technique involves focusing your energy and using your breath to increase the power of your movements. When executing a block, use your Kiai to add more strength to the technique, making it more effective in deflecting an opponent’s attack.

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