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Dojo Drill: Kesa-Gatame to Kuzure Kesa-Gatame

Dojo Drill: Kesa-Gatame to Kuzure Kesa-Gatame

In this post we look at Kesa-Gatame and Kuzure Kesa-Gatame and how to teach your judoka the fundamental skill of moving from one hold to another during newaza. At the end of this post there is are two free certificates for you to download and give to your judoka.

Free Dojo Resource Kesa Gatame


If you’re interested in teaching ne-waza: then you might also like to look at the premium coaching resource: Ne-waza Turnovers. This bundle consists of 30 high resolution templates (certificates, posters and coaching key cards) that you can download and print off to support coaching ten different ground work turn-overs and hold-downs.


Dojo Drill: Kesa-Gatame to Kuzure Kesa Gatame
You’ve got to, move it!


This is a useful drill to slip into a warm up or use as a judo game.

If you are looking for more ne-waza ideas see this simple turnover to Kesa-Gatame, look at this drill to free a trapped leg or take a look at the comprehensive coaching resource: Ne-waza Resource Bundle for judo coaches.

This is the final post in the ne-waza series Groundwork Matters. Next month, I begin a new blog series with Uchi-Komi drills, training ideas and coaching resources.

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In the meantime I will leave you with this little gem.

This is a training exercise that Don Werner 7th Dan (my coach) would start every session with and I have practised it more times than I care to remember.

You can increase the difficulty by adding more and more hold downs but let’s start with just two hold downs.

How to Teach this Osae-Komi Drill


This is a really easy exercise that will help your judoka learn how to switch between hold downs while uke attempts to escape. Allow one judoka to apply a Kesa Gatame and then shout Hajime. On your command the judoka being held down can try to escape. While uke struggles, tori must let go of their grip around the neck and take hold under the arm to switch into a Kuzure Kesa Gatame without allowing their partner to escape. This is a relatively easy switch to make but it will provide the base for more complex transitions. Once they have secured the new hold down shout Sono Mama (freeze). Then after a few seconds shout Yoshi (unfreeze) and see if tori can now revert back to the original hold down.


Free Resource: Download & Print and Use at your Judo Club 

Award your judoka this Osae-komi Skills certificate when you feel they have mastered these two hold downs and how to switch from one to another smoothly and keeping control at all times. You can download the certificate from the Coach Resource section.



Add more hold downs: increase difficulty

This is easily turned into a Osae-komi Game and you can add more and more hold downs as your judoka get the hang of it.

Can your judoka do the complete Osae-komicircle? Can they switch from Kesa-Gatame to Kuzure-Kesa-Gatame to Mune-Gatame to Yoko-Shiho-Gatame to Kami-Shiho-Gatame to Tate-Shiho-Gatame?

Can they make up their own movement pattern and choose the hold downs themselves?

Can they name all the hold downs as they move?


Free Resource: Download & Print and Use at your Judo Club 

Award your judoka this Osae-komi Expert certificate when you feel they have mastered this Osae-komi drill and can switch between multiples hold downs while maintaining control and balance.


Both Tori and Uke Benefit 

While tori is practising holding and moving and adjusting their grips and balance – uke is also benefiting. Uke must try to make a real attempt to escape and not just waggle their legs around. 


Teaching technique to your junior judoka

If you are looking for more ways to teach technique to your junior judoka then we have just the thing.

Download the full Ne-waza bundle to get 30 quality coaching resources to teach ten different turnovers. Starting with the Pull-Through the ne-waza turn-over get progressively more advanced as your judoka become more proficient at ground work judo.

Top Ten Throws covers ten essential judo tachi-waza techniques, each with step by step illustrated key cards and dojo posters to hang around your judo club.

And Advanced Judo takes those ten techniques and links them into twenty combinations: a comprehensive set of resources to take your beginners to intermediate level and then up to advanced judo.  







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