I have written in a previous post about how I believe that Karate’s Soto Uke was probably based on an instinctive human reaction and developed by the masters of old. In the following video sequence we demonstrate some applications for Soto Uke, whilst also looking at Chinese Kung Fu movements that are almost the same.
Note: The block called Soto Uke in some styles is called Uchi Uke (inside block) in other styles.
Bearing in mind that much of Karate’s original bunkai has been lost, and that Karate is largely based on Kung Fu, it is good to look at similar Kung Fu movements and how Kung Fu practitioners apply them. By looking into our roots we can learn more about our own style and read across from what the Okinawan masters probably learnt from the Chinese masters. The Okinawan masters would have adapted the movements to suit their own physiques and needs, which is fine as the Chinese masters did exactly the same. That is why there is such a vast array of Kung Fu styles.
When a beginner looks at different styles of Kung Fu, Karate, TKD etc., they see lots of differences. However, the experienced practitioner sees many similarities. This why we are able to learn from each other, to increase our knowledge and understanding of our own style, without necessarily having to study other styles in depth.
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Bonus: Historical look at Bassai Dai, one of Karate’s most pivotal katas