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Ushiro Goshi how to do this judo throw

Ushiro Goshi

Ushiro Goshi is a spectacular counter attack. Use it when your partner attacks with a forward throw like Harai-Goshi. Here’s how:

Ushiro Goshi
Ushiro Goshi

How to throw with Ushiro Goshi

  1. When your partner attacks with a forward throw, sink your hips and block the throw
  2. Bend your knees, grab around the waist and lift uke into the air
  3. Once in the air, throw uke backwards onto their back.

Watch Neil Adams demonstrating this waza on Superstar.judo

Ushiro-Goshi compared to O-Goshi

O-Goshi is a forward hip throw, Ushiro Goshi is a reverse/backwards hip throw – the throws look very different and are used in different situations. Here is an O-Goshi tutorial:


Ushiro-Goshi is similar to Utsuri-Goshi

Utsuri-Goshi has more similarities to Ushiro-Goshi. It is used as a counter, and the lift at the start is identical but the finish of the throw is different. With Utsuri-Goshi you throw forwards, changing direction in mid air and slipping your hips across like with O-Goshi.

Utsuri-Goshi is similar to Ushiro-Goshi and O-Goshi!

When to use which?

Our advice? Best to learn all three techniques! So you can use each throw when the moment is right.

Use O-Goshi as a direct attack, or part of a combination.

Use Utsuri-Goshi or Ushiro-Goshi as a counter-attack. Once you have your partner up in the air, you have more options, with two directions to choose from. Very useful, as your opponent will not know which way you intend to throw until the last moment: Ippon!

Coach Resources

See this O-Goshi v O-Goshi drill and resources to teach O-Goshi over on the Koka Kids Coaching Resource hub. There are many more techniques, with visual coaching aids, warm up drills and combination ideas. See how to sign up here.