Judo Throws and Holds – this is our Ultimate Guide to how to throw with every technique in the Judo Syllabus.
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We have included all 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo, the 40 Throws of the Gokyo no Waza, plus 32 Groundwork judo techniques.
Download: All the Judo Throws in the Gokyo (pdf file)
Want to keep track of the techniques as you learn them? We have put together this free resource – a check list of al the throws in the Gokyo.
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This book will help junior judoka remember the names of all the different judo throws and improve their skills faster.
Each technique of the complete Gokyo is fully illustrated, with a clear step-by-step tutorial.
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We are going to be covering a lot of waza! So to make life easier, use this table of contents to jump the section you want:
The Complete GokyoBest Judo Throws Teaching TechniqueJudo Techniques for BeginnersAdvanced Judo Techniques67 Throws of Kodokan JudoJudo Groundwork TechniquesTechnique Teaching Resources
You will find pictures and technique tutorials on most throws. Just click the name to find out what combinations and counters go with that technique and get some useful technique tips.
See the animated gifs of each technique and easily identify the different throws.
Click the technique name (below) to watch the animation of that throw.
So, onto the techniques! Let’s start with the Gokyo. What is the Gokyo?
The Gokyo no Waza (as is its full name) is the standard syllabus of judo throws, as revised by the Kodokan in 1920, in Tokyo, Japan.
There are a total of 40 throws, presented in 5 sets or groups, and each group consists of eight techniques (waza.)
Here are all 40 Nage Waza (throwing techniques) in the Gokyo:
Click on the name of the judo throw to get a technique tutorial.
De-ashi-baraiHiza-guruma Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi Uki-goshiO-soto-gariO-goshi O-uchi-gariSeoi-nage
Want a poster of the Gokyo? Well we can do better than that! We have banners. Display the entire Gokyo at your dojo; each banner shows one group of eight techniques, and there are five banners in the whole set.
What are the best judo throws? The answer depends on many factors; physicality, ability, direction, timing to name but a few.
And the answer, if you are tall is likely to be very different to if you are small. Strong, explosive judoka will like different waza to fast, skilful players.
Like my judo coach would say: The best throw is the one that works!
And judo has throws to suit everyone, no matter their size, or ability or strength.
However, if you are looking at a good place to start building a range of judo throws – this would be my top ten.
This set of ten throws teaches a very important skill: and that is to throw in all eight directions. Backwards, forwards, to both sides, and all four diagonals in between.
Always learn to throw both to the right (migi) and to the left (hidari), starting slowly, then introduce speed, movement and combinations.
If we can learn to throw in all directions we have a great advantage when we come up against different opponents. The trick being to find your opponent’s weak direction – and throw towards that.
Once learnt, these ten throws interlink to make classic combinations like Ouchi-Gari into Uchi-Mata, or De-Ashi-Barai into Osoto-Gari, or Uchi-Mata into Sumi-Gaeshi.
Learning renzoku-waza (linking throws in different directions) and renraku-waza (linking throws in the same direction) will improve your judo greatly.
Top Ten Throws is a teaching resource pack for judo coaches, with pictures of all ten judo techniques, step-by-step throwing guides and certificates.
These ten throws form the basis to the follow-on resource pack: Advanced Judo Combinations. This pack provides resources to teach 20 judo combinations, based around the top ten throws.
There are key stages to learning or teaching any throw.
What are the basic judo throws? Which techniques are suitable for novice and beginner judoka?
British Judo Association recommend as part of the Mon Grade Technical Syllabus starting with these ten techniques.
These throws wold be suitable for red, yellow and orange belt judoka.
Uki-Goshi is a great judo throw for children starting judo. Combine it with a follow up into groundwork judo with the hold down: Kuzure Kesa-Gatame.
British Judo recommends Tai-Otoshi and Ippon Seoi-Nage for intermediate judoka who are progressing to grading for yellow belt.
For orange belt judoka choose techniques like: Ko-Uchi-Gari, Tsuri-Komi-Goshi, O-Goshi, Osoto-Gari, Kosoto-Gari, Kosoto-Gake and Morote Seoi-Nage
For full technical syllabus requirements visit the website of your National Governing Body:
British Judo Association
Advanced judo techniques are typically those which require a high degree of control and timing.
Important: Although officially recognised by Kodokan Judo, some of these throws are prohibited for junior judoka and some (any that include touching the trouser leg or belt for example) are banned at International competition.
There are also advanced ways of doing basic techniques. The UK company, Fighting Films specialises in providing videos of world-class competitors demonstrating their specialised versions of judo throws.
Sign up to Superstar judo or watch these 3 clips from Fighting Films available on You Tube to see some remarkable and technically advanced judo.
Here are 3 basic techniques performed expertly by world class champions:
Kosoto off the grip
one handed Seoinage
drop knee Tai-Otoshi
But still you want more? You want everything there is?!? Well, if you are looking for every single judo technique then you need the Shinmeisho no Waza.
The Shinmeisho no Waza is the complete range of throws recognised by the Kodokan. In 1982, the Kodokan added 8 traditional judo throws and 17 modern judo techniques to the 40 throws of the Gokyo. Then in 1997, two more throws were added, to make the 67 official throws recognised by the Kodokan.
Kodokan means in English: “a place to teach the path,” and this was the name Jigoro Kano gave to his training hall.
Today the Kodokan, in Tokyo, Japan is the mecca of international judo. Over eight floors, the Kodokan has a Main Dojo, A Women’s Dojo, A School Dojo, An International Dojo, A Boys Dojo and a Special Dojo.
Visit the Kodokan official website to download the list of all 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo in English and Japanese.
Or scroll down to see the full list:
1 Seoi-nage 2 Ippon-seoi-nage 3 Seoi-otoshi 4 Tai-otoshi 5 Kata-guruma 6 Sukui-nage 7 Obi-otoshi 8 Uki-otoshi 9 Sumi-otoshi 10 Yama-arashi 11 Obi-tori-gaeshi 12 Morote-gari 13 Kuchiki-taoshi 14 Kibisu-gaeshi 15 Uchi-mata-sukashi 16 Ko-uchi-gaeshi
1 Uki-goshi 2 O-goshi 3 Koshi-guruma 4 Tsurikomi-goshi 5 Sode-tsurikomi-goshi 6 Harai-goshi 7 Tsuri-goshi 8 Hane-goshi 9 Utsuri-goshi 10 Ushiro-goshi
1 De-ashi-harai 2 Hiza-guruma 3 Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi 4 O-soto-gari 5 O-uchi-gari 6 Ko-soto-gari 7 Ko-uchi-gari 8 Okuri-ashi-harai 9 Uchi-mata 10 Ko-soto-gake 11 Ashi-guruma 12 Harai-tsurikomi-ashi 13 O-guruma 14 O-soto-guruma 15 O-soto-otoshi 16 Tsubame-gaeshi 17 O-soto-gaeshi 18 O-uchi-gaeshi 19 Hane-goshi-gaeshi 20 Harai-goshi-gaeshi 21 Uchi-mata-gaeshi
1 Yoko-otoshi 2 Tani-otoshi 3 Hane-makikomi 4 Soto-makikomi 5 Uchi-makikomi 6 Uki-waza 7 Yoko-wakare 8 Yoko-guruma 9 Yoko-gake 10 Daki-wakare 11 O-soto-makikomi 12 Uchi-mata-makikomi 13 Harai-makikomi 14 Ko-uchi-makikomi 15 Kani-basami *a prohibited waza for competition 16 Kawazu-gake *a prohibited waza
Groundwork judo is known as ne-waza in Japanese. Osaekomi-waza means hold downs are are suitable for juniors. See the newaza bundle for more on groundwork judo for juniors.
Shime-waza and Kansetsu-waza mean strangle-holds and arm-locks are are only allowed to be performed advanced adult judoka.
1 Kesa-gatame 2 Kuzure-kesa-gatame 3 Ushiro-kesa-gatame 4 Kata-gatame 5 Kami-shiho-gatame 6 Kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame 7 Yoko-shiho-gatame 8 Tate-shiho-gatame 9 Uki-gatame 10 Ura-gatame
1 Nami-juji-jime 2 Gyaku-juji-jime 3 Kata-juji-jime 4 Hadaka-jime 5 Okuri-eri-jime 6 Kataha-jime 7 Katate-jime 8 Ryote-jime 9 Sode-guruma-jime 10 Tsukkomi-jime 11 Sankaku-jime 12 Do-jime* a prohibited waza*
1 Ude-garami2 Ude-hishigi-juji-gatame3 Ude-hishigi-ude-gatame4 Ude-hishigi-hiza-gatame5 Ude-hishigi-waki-gatame6 Ude-hishigi-hara-gatame7 Ude-hishigi-ashi-gatame8 Ude-hishigi-te-gatame9 Ude-hishigi-sankaku-gatame10 Ashi-garami* a prohibited waza
It helps to know some Japanese to understand the technique names. Once you get a basic grasp of body parts and movement, then the Japanese name begins to make sense.
Te = handAshi = footHiza = kneeSode = sleeveUde = armEri = collarKoshi = hipGuruma = wheelMae = forwardsYoko = sidewaysUshiro = backwards
So, that my judo friends, is that! Our ultimate guide to every judo throw there is. Please do link to this page or share it if you have found it useful.
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