Uchi-mata is a top scoring throw at any Olympic Games and an impressive technique to add to your armoury. It is a judo throw that needs lots of commitment.
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You will find Uchi-mata in the judo book Fifty Throws and Holds along with another 49 judo holds and throws. Go to page 38 and 39 of your copy of the book to see how to do this technique.
Study how to do this throw by watching the Japanese in action in this video.
Kosei Inoue (triple world champion and olympic champion) from Japan has one of the best uchi-mata in the world.
Inoue has developed no less than eight different entries to this technique, and he changes his set up if he fights a left-handed or right-handed judoka.
Watch this trailer to see how Inoue attacks. Pay attention to his whole body movement. Focus on where Inoue places his foot, and how he opens his partner up with a flick of the wrist.
Use ashi-waza like ko-uchi-gari, kosoto-gari and ouchi-gari to set up for this throw.
If you’re attack is blocked, good follow up waza are sumi-gaeshi, ouchi-gari and tani-otoshi.
A renraku-waza is two or more techniques that are linked together, and throw towards the same direction.
This example above of uchi-mata into harai-goshi is a perfect example of a renraku-waza. The second attack is a continuation of the first.
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