Published On: Thu, Nov 15th, 2018

Shuto Uke – Knife Hand Block

Shuto Uke – Knife Hand Block

Shuto Uke

This is a Knife Hand block which can also be a strike and also applied in many angles, it has many applications. This block can be seen on Katas and on many self-defense techniques, in consecutive techniques is commonly followed by a grab and a counterattack. Shuto is the shape of the hand as a sword, the word Uke means to block in Japanese.

  • It is not recommended to use Shuto Uke but it would depend on the expertise of the martial artist.

Step by Step:

  • Start by crossing your forearms while the blocking hand is by you opposed ear and your other hand is in front of you.
  • Move your blocking hand to the front to meet the attack keeping your fingers together aligned with your elbow.
  • Your block should be complete when it reaches the limit of your body.
  • The tip of your fingers should be at the shoulder level in a 90% angle
  • Do the same on the other side.


  • Do not overextend your arm and do not block beyond your body because is not necessary.
  • Keep your elbow aligned and anchored to your ribs when you are blocking.
  • Always keep your eyes on your attacker with every move.

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