Kids Judo Books by Koka Kids
Judo Books by Koka Kids

Kami Shiho Gatame – learn this hold down

Kami Shiho Gatame is this week’s focus judo hold down. Coaches can get the support teaching material here:

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Learn the hold down: Kami Shiho Gatame

Kami Shiho Gatame is a judo hold down that controls your opponents upper body.

To get into the hold, start kneeling by your partner’s head. Reach under both arms with your hands and grab onto the belt. Push downwards with your chest, bringing your knees up underneath you.

See the visual guide.

Judo hold downs, throws and combinations

Teaching techniques with visuals makes learning easier for children.

Kesa Gatame judo hold down

The Koka Kids Coaching Resource library is growing, with a new technique added every week, and sent out to all those who have subscribed.

So far:

1. Kesa Gatame

2. Ouchi Gari

3. Pull Through

4. Ouchi into Tai Otoshi

5. Yoko Shiho Gatame

6. Tai Otoshi

7. Belt Flip

8. Tai Otoshi into Uchi Mata

9. Kami Shiho Gatame – this week’s resource

What are the main judo hold downs?

Some of the first judo hold downs you will come across are Kesa-Gatame, Tate-Shiho-Gatame and Yoko-Shiho-Gatame.

More osaekomi to learn include Makura Kesa-Gatame, Mune Gatame, Ushiro Kesa Gatame, Kata Gatame.

What are judo holds called in Japanese?

Judo hold downs are know as Osaekomi or Osaekomi-waza in Japanese. And groundwork judo is known as Ne-Waza in Japanese.

Learn more Japanese judo words and their English meanings with the Koka Kids Judo Book: Learn Judo Terminology.

judo book hold downs