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Best Judo Techniques at an Olympic Games

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Best judo techniques

Best judo techniques for scoring ippon at an Olympic Games are Uchi-Mata and Morote-Seoi-Nage.

These are the two top scoring judo throws for competitors at the Olympic Games.

It goes without saying, all judoka should be working on these two techniques. But don’t stop there, take a look at all the best judo techniques to learn, if you want to score at an Olympic Games.

Six Best Judo Techniques to Learn

According the London 2012 judo statistics at the European Judo Union Website there are six judo techniques that score big at Olympic judo level.

If you are looking to win an Olympic judo gold medal one day, then get studying these throws.

The best six techniques in terms of scoring ippons are: Uchi-mata, Morote-Seoi-Nage, Kouchi-Gari, Harai-Goshi, Ippon Seoi-Nage and Ouchi-Gari.

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Uchi-mata: Top Scorer for women

Uchi Mata was the top scoring technique for the London 2012 women’s judo event, and by quite a difference.

There were more ippons scored with Uchi-mata than any other technique.

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While in the men’s event, the top scoring judo technique was…


Morote-Seoi-Nage best judo technique for men

Morote Seoi Nage was the top scoring technique for the London 2012 men’s judo event.

There were more scores of any type with Morote Seoi Nage than any other waza.

Coaching Resource for Morote Seoi Nage

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Key Stage Teaching cards are a part of the Top Ten Throws coaching resource pack

Top Scoring Judo Throws

If we take into account all scores, the judo techniques that scored most frequently in London were these six judo throws:

1. Uchi-mata
2. Kouchi Gari & Harai Goshi (=)
3. Ippon Seoi Nage & Ouchi Gari (=)

1. Morote Seoi Nage
2. Uchi-mata
3. Harai-Goshi

Top Ippon Scoring Judo Techniques

If we just count the ippons, the waza that scored the most ippons in London 2012 were:


  1. Uchi-mata
  2. Ouchi-Gari
  3. Kouchi-Gari 1. Uchimata (
  4. 2. Ouchi Gari (5)
  5. 3. Kouchi Gari (4)


  1. Morote Seoi-Nage
  2. Harai-Goshi
  3. Tai-Otoshi
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All these throws, plus four more feature in our coaching resource Top Ten Throws and our judo book Learn 40 Throws.