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Lower inside forearm block (gedan uchi barai)

The lower inside forearm block (gedan uchi barai) is used to block lower punches and kicks. It is especially useful for blocking kicks as by using the forearm there is little risk of injury and ample room for error.

How to perform a lower inside forearm block (gedan uchi barai)

To perform a right lower inside forearm block, bring your right arm out and downwards across your body from outside to inside at an angle of about 45 degrees relative to the ground. Finish the block just past your left side.

The video clip shows Sensei Terry Lyon (5th Dan) performing lower inside forearm block (Gedan Uchi Barai).

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Lower inside forearm block (gedan uchi barai): points to remember

  • Use the meaty part of your forearm to connect with your attackers limb and not your wrist to prevent injury.
  • A solid stance and hip rotation will add more power. The hip rotation also effectively moves your body away from the attack.

One comment about “Lower inside forearm block (gedan uchi barai)”

  1. Ta / Guita(r) said:

    I’m not sure, but I took karate a really long time ago when I was young and didn’t take it seriously. I would be a green belt if I took the tests to proceed to the next belt. But I didn’t.

    Anyhow, maybe i’m confusing this blocking with some other one, i’m not sure but instead of punching your arms inward like that, aren’t you suppose to brush it outward or something…

    I guess that would kinda work. But you put too much power in just to block… It looks more like punching, and it makes the blocking really slow, especially if you are going to attack after punching….

  2. custom essay writing service said:

    I was hoping someone might be able to clear up the difference between an inner and an outer middle forearm block. I am supposed to be practicing this weekend for my first grading but I can’t seem to find the differences anywhere. Thanks.