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Soto Uke, Empi Uchi, Uraken Uchi

This is one of the combinations for 4th Kyu purple and white belts taking the 3rd Kyu brown belt examination. (Video tutorial below)

Stepping Soto Uke, Empi Uchi, Uraken Uchi

It is important when practicing this combination, that you transfer the stance from zenkutsu dachi (front stance) to kiba dachi (horse riding) stance. Move forward after the block as you attack with the side elbow attack. Keep the head facing forward throughout the combination, try and move forward and backwards in a straight line and keep the same height. When starting the forward step, do not move the front foot until you are at least half way through the step.

Stepping Forward

1. Starting from a left side gedan barai (downward block)
2. An initial, small but important forward movement with the front knee, whilst keeping the front foot still.
3. Drive the left shoulder, right hip and rib cage forward, at the same time keeping the right shoulder back.
4. Try pulling with the front leg as you step half way.
5. From half way, the left leg then pushes from the floor to propel the body forward.
6. At the same time the right foot lands, rotate the body strongly driving the right side of the body and hip forward and around into the hanmi (side facing) position and execute the block.
7. As the block lands, drive the left heel back into the floor tighten the muscles for a split second, especially muscles under the blocking arm, abdomen and the back and inside of the thigh muscles and buttocks, them immediately relax.
8. Once again drive from the left heel and push forward yoko empi uchi (side elbow strike) with the right arm. Bringing the body and hips onto the center line.
9. Now finish the combination with an uraken uchi (backfist strike), snapping the strike back to the starting postion.

Stepping Backward

1. Starting from a right side yoko empi uchi (side elbow strike)
2. An initial, small but important bend or soften of the back knee and turn of the foot, a split second before you start to step back.
3. Do not try and push off the front foot as you start the step backwards, instead as you soften the back knee you pull the front leg back and right side of the body and hips.
4. At the half way point (feet close), the left leg then pushes from the floor to propel the body backward.
5. At the same time the left foot lands, rotate the body strongly driving the right side of the body and hip forward and around into the hanmi (side facing) position and execute the block.
6. As the block lands, drive the left heel back into the floor tighten the muscles for a split second, especially muscles under the blocking arm, abdomen and the back and inside of the thigh muscles and buttocks, them immediately relax.
7. Once again drive from the left heel and push forward yoko empi uchi (side elbow strike) with the right arm. Bringing the body and hips onto the center line.
8. Now finish the combination with an uraken uchi (backfist strike), snapping the strike back to the starting postion.

Top Tips
Move on your centre line (Seichusen).
Keep the shoulders down and relaxed.
Work on the rotation at completion of the block and try and get a sharp snap of the hips and body as the blocks, elbow and backfist strikes complete.
Keep the same height throughout the step
The block travels forward and around, not just a big arc.
Stay relaxed throughout the step, then kime on completion.
Try and move in a straight line and not in an arc
When striking with the elbow, bring both feet onto your center line.

Stepping Soto Uke, Empi Uchi, Uraken Uchi Video


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