Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Martial Arts Glossary “U”

Discover Japanese Terms Used in Karate Beginning with “U”

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The name for a block in karate.

Ushiro Geri

A form of back kick said to be the most devastating kick in karate. Advanced karateka will use a spinning variation of this kick, and the end result can be an exceptionally powerful kick.

Uchi Uke

An inside hooking block used to deflect a strike away from the attacker and away from the defender. This is a good method of blocking for those seeking a counter attack.


Another form of striking in karate. Uchi refers specifically to punches using a different technique to tsuki and may involve blows with the bottom or back of the fist.