Glossary of Judo terminology

Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack)

Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack)

In Kata (Form) and Yakusoku geiko (Agreed-upon practice) exercises, "Uke" (Player receiving opponent's attack) refers to the combatant who is receiving a Waza, and "Tori" (Player executing technique) refers to the combatant who is executing the Waza. Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) maintains the correct posture, and allows Tori (Player executing technique) to easily execute the Waza without resisting. Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) moves in tandem with Tori (Player executing technique), allowing himself to be thrown, and practicing his Ukemi (Break fall) techniques in the process. In order for the Yakusoku geiko (Agreed-upon practice) to produce the desired results, Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) most move his body in preparation for Tori (Player executing technique) Waza even before Tori (Player executing technique) executes it, thereby allowing even difficult Waza to be executed smoothly and easily. It is important that Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) and Tori synchronize their motions (and breathing) to ensure that the Waza are executed in a natural manner. Moreover, this practice provides Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) with the chance to learn, with his very body, what type of destabilization leads to what kind of throw.