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How to Do Upper Blocks in Karate

Learn how to do upper block karate moves from karate instructor Richard Amos in this Howcast video.


  • Step 1: Proper stance When in starting formation, squeeze into your center and block up rotating your hip to ready a counterattack.
  • Step 2: Avoid swinging Avoid a swinging motion--you want to send your blocking arm up and not around.
  • Step 3: Parrying on the defensive Use that same squeezing motion from your center to parry back and forth when on the defensive.


So, uh, up a block in [??] is also called rising block or [??]. On the surface, probably the simplest block to do but of course as we train we find it's not so simple. First of all we can't feel like we're blocking with our arm because then we start swinging. This arm plays a key role in covering the center line so you squeeze into the center and block up. Squeeze into the center and block up. Going forward we could be using the screws to parry and strike up. The same going back with the parry and make another block or even a strike if we parry and [??]. So there's more to it than just blocking an arm up. Almost all basic blocks in [??] we're going to twist our hip. Not just to send the technique up, which in this case a sort of corkscrew motion. We're going to want to turn our head and turn the shoulders around, rotate the hip to send the arm up. Send the arm up with the hip rotation. But also, we're rotating the hip to offer obviously a smaller target for your opponent because you're in defensive mode but also to coil, ready for our counter-technique. There's several reasons why we turn the hip. This is [??] rising block, [??].

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