“Renraku” means combination, so all of the blocks in the Nanakyu curriculum refer to blocks done in combination. At this level in your training blocking combinations will usually involve two hands. Blocks may involve blocking with one hand and then blocking immediately with another (Keiretsu Uke), or may involve both hands blocking simultaneously (Morote Uke). In some Morote Uke one hand is merely assisting the other hand, but both hands are involved in the blocking action
Usually blocks are designed to address one single attack, but on occasion you may find that a blocking combination works well as defense against a striking combination. This would generally indicate improper movement on your part however. Ideally you would move when the first strike is initiated and therefore you would no longer be in the original position to block the second strike (which in reality will probably not occur). But of course, if you find that using a combination against two different strikes is needed (even when you have moved properly), don’t hesitate to use it in this manner.
In the following sections we classify blocks as being high, mid, low, or multi-level blocks. Please keep in mind that these levels refer to the most common usage of these blocks. It is perfectly valid to use a high-level block on a low-level target if that suits a particular circumstance. So, the classifications provided below are little more than a generalization. Use whatever block makes sense at the moment.
Renraku Uke No Waza
Remember to consider guard positioning before, during, and after these blocks.