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 traditional judo dojos.

Uki Goshi, also known as floating hip. To execute the throw the person throwing (known as the tori) pulls the person being thrown, (known as the uke) up and forward putting them off balance. The Tori places the other round their back while turning so the the side of their hip are in close contact with the uke and pulling the uke’s arm around. The Tori then twists the uke around using the tori’s back and hip as a pivot point.

Tori’s leading leg barely blocks uke’s leading leg and tori is initially slightly sideways to uke rather than completely giving his back. It relies on a high level of skill but can be used more easily against heavier people than O Goshi.

Traditional Uki Goshi

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