Sute mi Waza

What is Sutemi Waza?

Sute mi waza (Sacrifice techniques) are part of the Nage waza (Throwing techniques) category, and consist of Tori (Player executing technique) wrapping Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) body around his own and falling together with him. Sute mi waza (Sacrifice techniques) are further divided into the Ma sutemi waza (Supine sacrifice techniques) and Yoko sutemi waza (Side sacrifice techniques) groups.

In the Ma sutemi waza (Supine sacrifice techniques), Tori sacrifices his own posture in the backward direction while throwing Uke over his own head. There are 5 Ma sutemi waza types, and they include the Tomoe-nage (Circular throw), the Sumi-gaeshi (Corner throw), and the Ura-nage (Back throw), etc.

In the Yoko sutemi waza (Side sacrifice techniques), Tori sacrifices his posture laterally, using that force to throw his opponent. There are 15 Yoko sutemi waza types, and they include the Yoko-gake (Side body drop), the Yoko-guruma (Side wheel), and the Tani-otoshi (Valley drop), etc. The Kawazu-gake (One-leg entanglement drop) and the Kani-basami (Scissors throw) are considered dangerous, and are therefore prohibited.

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