At the core of Olympic Judo are the throwing techniques.
The throws are organised into families, according to whether the techniques are largely executed via the hand ('Te') , hip ('Koshi'), foot/leg ('Ashi') or where balance is sacrificed ('Sutemi')
Click on an image below for more on each 'family' of the throws...
SPECIFIC THROWING AND TRAINING TECHNIQUES
Here we have video examples of the most common, effective, or just most interesting (in our opinion!) Throwing and Nage-Waza Training Techniques
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Kumi-Kata (Forms of Gripping)
Much of the training in throwing is done co-operatively with a partner, to build and refine technique. However, throwing a fully resisting opponent is no easy matter. In order to execute a throw, the Judoka needs to control their opponent, which requires movement, and an awareness and execution of gripping strategy.
Click HERE to get a great written perspective on Kumi-Kata, or below for our video page...
Tai-Otoshi (Body-Drop) (Te-Waza)
Elegant and suitably difficult to master, Tai-Otoshi is a devastating hand-throw.
Click the image to see an excellent demonstration video, or the button below for instruction from the master of the Tai-otoshi, Neil Adams. Additionally click HERE to see how to do a leg-trap and pop version!
O-Soto-Gari (Major-Outside-Reap) (Ashi-Waza)
Usually one of the first techniques taught in Judo, as the concept is simple. Execution against a moving/resisting opponent is not.
Click the image to see an excellent demonstration video, or the button below for instruction from Matt Aquino @ The University of Judo. Additionally click HERE to see how to do an interesting 'off-the-grip' version from Olympic Gold medallist, Kayla Harrison!
Uki-Goshi (Floating-Hip Throw) (Koshi-Waza)
The favourite technique (Tokui-Waza) of Kano Jigoro, the floating hip technique, Uki-Goshi, epitomises the core principle of "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort".
Click HERE to see the founder of Judo, Kano Jigoro himself perform the technique.
Uchi-Mata (Inner-Thigh Throw) (Ashi-Waza)
A spectacular spinning throw, Uchi-Mata has proved a consistently effective scoring technique in Judo contest, since records began.
Click the image to see competition examples, or the button below for instruction. Additionally click HERE to see how to do the 'Korean' style !
Seoi-Nage / Seoi-Otoshi (Shoulder-Throw/Drop) (Te-Waza)
Standing/dropping, one-handed or using various grips, in whatever form Seoi-Nage is another effective contest favourite.
Tomoe-Nage (Circle-Throw) (Sutemi-Waza)
Common in both Judo contest and Hollywood films, this is the throw all Juniors want to learn. This throw, like most of the sacrifice throws, embodies the concept of using an opponent's force and momentum against them.
Yoko-Guruma (Side-Wheel) (Yoko-Sutemi-Waza)
Yoko-Guruma is a great counter against forward throws.
Ko-Uchi-Gari (Minor-Inner-Reap) (Ashi-Waza)
Commonly used as a setup for more major forward techniques, to execute Ko-uchi-Gari requires particular skill and timing.