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Soto-ude-uke (Outside- forearm-block): Like age uke, Soto-ude-uke has a prepare, although different in position. This preparation is a vital part of the block, and the more advanced you become the clearer its purpose becomes. Soto-ude-uke starts outside of the body, travelling inward. This block is excellent at intercepting punches to your chudan (middle level).

Soto Uke Preparation



Stage 1: Preparation.





Soto Uke



Stage 2: The open handed prepare starts to pull back to the hip, while the other hand begins to travel across the body.





Soto Uke



Stage 3: Both arms further continue along their path.





Soto Uke




Stage 4: The returning hand finishes its journey at your hip; your blocking arm reaches its journey, with the forearm rotating like in age-uke.