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In aikidō and other Japanese martial arts, uke (受け, literally "receiver") is a person designated as having the role of receiving technique. The role of uke can be contrasted with the role of tori, who executes the techniques received. Uke will usually attack tori (or have the intention of doing so), and tori will respond in order to practise or demonstrate a technique of the martial art being practised. Whilst receiving technique, uke will perform ukemi (受け身, literally "receiving body"), often involving methods for uke to break his fall from a throw.

The role of uke

  • Uke should make committed attacks, even if they are slow.
  • The level of resistance uke should give tori should vary according to tori's level.

See also