Hiza-guruma is an ashi-waza. In Japanese hiza means knee and guru means wheel and translates as to ‘wheel over your knee.’
More suitable to intermediate judoka, this technique needs patience and practise to master. Aim to attack when uke moves in a semi-circle to the left or right.
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Want to see how to use this throw at world-class level? Watch this Fighting Films video to see how Krazniqui (Kosovo) uses a superb change of direction to perform a text-book perfect version of this throw. Analysis by world champion and double olympic silver medallist: Neil Adams.
When you are looking to combine this throw with others, consider the circular movement. Either use renraku-waza, to continue the circular movement, or renzoku-waza to attack in the opposite direction.
Countering a judo throw is all about reading the attack and staying on balance. As your opponent attacks be ready to take action, but don’t give the game away by moving too soon.
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