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Morote Uchi Uke: Both arms are one


Morote Uchi UkeMorote Uchi Uke ou Morote Uke, is a block Uchi Uke with enhancement opposite arm.

If that's often how Morote Uchi Uke is described, I think this technique of two-armed defense is much more subtle and complex than this description suggests.

We will see how adding an arm increases the work of internal pressure and why both arms should be one.

Morote UChi Uke is more than a Uke Uchi with reinforcement of the other arm, it is a Uchi Uke with two arms where both arms go together in the art.

If we do a little translation of Japanese Uke Morote Uke (諸 手 内 受 け)we learn that:

morote (諸 手) means "with two hands"
week (受 or 受 け) means "reception" (see the explanation here)
uchi (内) means "inside or inside"

So Morote Uchi Uke can be translated as:

receiving an attack from inside to outside with both hands.

What I'm trying to show by this translation is that it's not really a Uchi Uke with a reinforcement, a little like a crutch, but a technique that is done with the 2 hands, as if both arms were just one.

It is in this spirit that Morote Uchi Uke must be realized: the two arms become one and the same arm.

I will now try to do a biomechanical study of Morote Uchi Uke so that you understand where I am coming from.

Decomposition of Morote Uchi Uke:

We had addressed in the article on Uchi Uke, belly compression during the preparatory phase. We will largely go back here because the internal pressure is even stronger with the use of both arms.

Preparatory phase:

Morote Uchi Uke Internal pressureThe arm that makes Uchi Uke's movement comes to the opposite belt pressing on the other arm. This pressure is generated from the belly (Hara) by contraction of the transverse muscle and the pelvic floor. From this moment the two arms do not leave each other, they are solidary.

The internal energy that occurs during the pressure will then be released as an explosion in arms with a reverse rotation of the hips.

"To be honest with you, I often had to make Uchi Uke Moroté by turning his hips in the direction of the technique. In fact it is not good, or rather it is the Ura form which is fundamentally different. So contrary to what I tell you in the video of Heian Nidan, in Morote Uchi Uke the hips turn well in the opposite direction of the arms, as in Uchi Uke. "

Blocking phase:

To improve the understanding of my explanation I will describe the work of each arm separately, but you should keep in mind that they work together.

Arms N ° 1:

We will start with the one who makes Uchi Uke proper. As we have already seen, at the moment of release of the internal energy, the belly will generate a sharp opposite rotation of the hips and a contraction of the back muscles with the shoulder blades that come closer.

Rotation and contraction bring the arm forward as if you were drawing a sword. The arm goes forward and the forearm will pivot around the elbow thus describing a slightly circular movement. At the time of the final Kime, the wrist rotates in a dry motion (whiplash) to finish palm toward you.

The body is in the Hanmi position (3 / 4 in profile) and the arm remains quite close to the body and folded (approximately 90 °: if you do not have a protractor or a square, do not bother with that :-))

In short, the arm is nothing more or less than Uchi Uke, so far nothing new!

Let's linger then on the other arm:

We saw that the first arm was going forward. So, to reinforce this movement, the second arm must go in the same direction.

As one finishes almost in profile, your arm must remain stuck to the body and come in a movement close to a Ura Tzuki leaning on the other forearm (on the side at the elbow).

The two arms work together in the direction of the technique

Morote Uchi Uke _ both arms together

You do not have to have one arm that makes Uchi Uke and the other that comes to support transversely. Name, your two arms are going together to the opponent.

From the preparatory phase in which they come into contact and until the Kime, they become one and remain in permanent contact.

Use of internal energy:

Unlike the classic Uchi Uke where you pull the arm in Ikite by stretching the pecs, here for the arm comes in reinforcement in front, there will be contraction of the pectoral muscles and obliques (abdominal).

This contraction of the anterior muscles, in combination with the contraction of the back muscles, is strengthen the internal pressure who will spread in the arms.

The reinforcement is not done only by the outside, but also by inside the body (It's not easy to describe in writing, I'll explain it again in the video and try to make you feel this pressure.)

A little fiction:

« I'm going to go a little bit astray into the world of fiction, but young readers should understand better.
You probably know the manga Dragon Ball Z, and his famous technique Kamehameha (for older people who have dropped out, you can take a break and come back later ).

Here is a description of Wikipedia:

KamehamehaThis technique consists in concentrating all the potential energy of one's body, which forms a ball of energy between the hands, and to propel it at once with force toward the adversary.

Well for Morote Uchi Ukeit is the same (or almost!), from the pressure of the arms against each other is formed an energy that comes from the whole body and will spread in the technique.

Well, I come back to earth and close the parenthesis (the deans can come back )«

I hope I have not confused you too much with my explanations.

What you must rememberis that Morote Uchi Uke is much more than Uchi Uke, because thanks to the combined strength of the other arm, we will use a larger part of the internal energy to reinforce the technique.

Good truce of theory, we will now go to training. I find you after your warm up, For video of Morote Uchi Uke.

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That's it, I hope this work on Morote Uchi Uke has allowed you to feel the energy within you. If you have any questions or if you just want to give your opinion, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

See you soon,

PS: I thank you very much Johnny Gence Sensei for his wise counsel and his invaluable assistance in understanding Morote Uchi Uke.

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  1. Bonjour,
    I have a little question :

    What is the point of having a closed fist at the elbow?

    I guess it's to protect the fingers and the wrist but we gain a lot of stability and strong thread when using the palm of the hand. In addition, the distribution of pressure via the palm better spares the elbow.

  2. Good evening Bruno,

    Is it a Morote Uchi Uke after the Kamae at the beginning of the daï bassai?
    On the kata bassai dai, it seems to be the same technique just after the Kamae with flexed leg, but the hand is
    open on the forearm below the handle.
    Otherwise in the last 4 heian the 2 fists are closed!

    Marc & Benji

    • Hi Marc & Benji,

      Yes it is good Morote Uchi Uke with open hand reinforcement in the first movement of Bassai Dai, but the technique remains the same, the two arms are one and there is strengthening of the internal pressure.


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  3. if it remains the second degree, it is a very beautiful educational and it is very playful for the children the dragon ball. The problem is when the older ones, use this kind of thing to put ko people without touching them !! We enter the paranormal more than the educational lol

  4. A "reinforced blocking" comes from an attempt to explain this movement

    "It is an attempt to explain a position at the end of the movement (and an exaggeration due in particular to the lack of higher level (esoteric) teachers JKA who then broadcast.

    This corresponds either to a Gedan attack deflection and an attack in ura ken, or to a shudan attack deviation and a Shudan attack (liver or spleen) or corresponding to certain points. "

    In the original RyuKyu Kempo, this is indeed a very important technique that can combine attack and defense or two offensive techniques. This kind of "simultaneous" movement is very difficult to parry, and it is usually decisive. He is previously from the styles of the south of China; Energy work is an essential aspect as any simultaneous movement "double palm", "double fist" "double saber of the hand"

    • Good Yoann,
      Actually Morote Uchi Uke can be seen as a combination of two techniques.
      One could also speak strategy in the sense that the fact of having the second arm to the front, makes it possible to protect oneself and also to enchainer more easily than with the arm in Ikité.

    • Fabrice Morel at

      Hello Yoann,

      I find very interesting what you're doing. Because I asked myself similar questions about Morote Uchi Uke. This technique does not seem consistent to me. I do not see the point of reinforcing a blockage, I think it would be easier to do otherwise. Moreover, it would be necessary to have a free hand to carry out a counter-attack.
      What I noticed when analyzing the form of the modern Kata with that of the ancient Kata by the comparative method is that we transformed the Kata by misunderstandings of certain techniques. For example, techniques like Morote Uchi Uke could consist of two techniques and not one.
      Recently I was doing a reflection and a comparison between the techniques of Karate and those of the ancient Savate. I found incredibly many similar techniques. It is to believe that there is a link between the two disciplines. And just by observing the guard savate I perceived a similarity with Morote Uchi Uke. I therefore wonder if Morote Uchi Uke would not be a guard. There are guards of this kind also in the Chinese martial arts. If I'm right then one of the fists does not touch the elbow but goes in the direction of the elbow. It's probably the fact of seeing it as a reinforcing blockage that put one of the fists on the elbow.

  5. Hello
    We feel that the sensation is still young, but the speech is understood.
    However, the position of the arms during the pressure must be made outstretched arms towards the ground and not in kamae. The 2 arms are then twisted in contact forwards and upwards.
    Good continuation

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