Judo Throws

Mastering Kuzushi

Why is Kuzushi so important? Kuzushi (崩し:くずし) is a Japanese term for unbalancing an opponent in the martial arts. The noun comes from the intransitive verb, kuzusu, meaning to level, pull down, or demolish. As such, it is refers to not just an unbalancing, but the process of getting an opponent into a position where his […]

Ōuchi gari

What is Ōuchi gari? Ōuchi gari (大内刈) is one of the original 40 throws of Judo as developed by Kanō Jigorō. It is classified as a foot technique, Ashi-Waza. In right Ouchi Gari, tori reaps uke’s left leg with his right leg from the inside while pulling uke down. In competition, the reaping action of […]

Uki Goshi

What is Uki Goshi? Uki Goshi (浮腰) is one of the original 40 throws of Judo as developed by Jigoro Kano. It is classified as a hip technique, Koshi-Waza. Uki goshi is known as a favorite throw of Jigoro Kano himself. It is demonstrated in the Nage no Kata. It used to be drilled in […]

Harai Goshi

What is Harai Goshi? Harai goshi (払腰) is one of the original 40 throws of Judo as developed by Kano Jigoro. It is part of the current 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo, and classified as a hip technique (koshiwaza). In English, it is known as the Sweeping hip throw or Hip Sweep. Traditional Harai Gosho One step […]

Tai Otoshi

What is Tai Otoshi? Tai Otoshi (体落), is one of the original 40 throws of Judo as developed by Jigoro Kano. It belongs to the second group, Dai Nikyo, of the traditional throwing list, Gokyo (no waza), of Kodokan Judo. It is also part of the current 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo. It is classified as […]

Kata Guruma

What is Kata Guruma? Kata Guruma (肩車) is one of the traditional forty throws of Judo as developed by Kano Jigoro. It was detailed in Kano’s writings as borrowed from a book on western wrestling. Because the technique is not a sweep nor a trip and requires tori to pull uke into a carry, it is categorized […]

Ippon Seoi Nage

What is Seoi Nage? Seoi nage (背負い投げ) is a shoulder throw, one of the traditional forty throws of Judo as developed by Jigoro Kano. It belongs to the first group of the traditional throwing list, Gokyo (no waza). Ippon Seoi Nagi  (本背負い投げ, or 本背負投) is one of the nineteen accepted techniques of Kodokan Judo. It is classified […]