Dictionary of Terms World Black Belt - U


Uchi

Strike

Uchi deshi

"Apprentice." An old Japanese practice where a student was apprenticed to a martial arts master in order to become an instructor in turn.

Ude

Forearm or arm

Uechi ryu

An Okinawan style of karate founded by Kanbum Uechi. It is characterized by linear patterns and forceful breathing

Uke

"Receiver." The partner upon whom the technique is executed.

Ukemi

"Breakfalling." The art of using shock-dispersing action such as rolls and breakfalls to avoid injury when falling.

Undong

Exercise

Ura

"Reverse," "hidding," or "rear."

Ura zuki

Reverse punch

Uraken

Reverse fist

Ushiro

"Back," "rear," or "behind."

Utsu

To strike or to hit

Uye

"Up" or "upward."

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