What is Uke?

In Kata (Form) and Yakusoku geiko (Agreed-upon practice) exercises, “Uke” (Player receiving opponent’s attack) refers to the combatant who is receiving a Waza, and “Tori” (Player executing technique) refers to the combatant who is executing the Waza. Uke maintains the correct posture, and allows Tori to easily execute the Waza without resisting. Uke moves in tandem with Tori, allowing himself to be thrown, and practicing his Ukemi (Break fall) techniques in the process.

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