(pronounced "shtae".) In Aikido, Shite is the name for the individual performing a technique. By contrast, their partner Uke is the person receiving the technique and following Shite's lead. Both Shite and Uke are equally important in any given technique, since if either person does not fulfill their role, the technique will not be performed successfully. It is normal for Shite and Uke to alternate roles between each other so that both individuals can practice leading and following.