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Judo Techniques

Written by Sierra Rein
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Carl B. Becker once said that "the principle of Judo...is not one of aggression, but of flowing with things"; thus, Judo techniques should be engrained with a sense of energy flow and balance. These techniques fall into three categories, two of which are legal in competition. The third category is learned in the practice of forms, but is not used in competition.

The first of judo techniques is that of nage-waza, which in turn can be divided into tachi-waza (standing) and sutemi-waza (sacrifice) techniques. Tachi-waza techniques use hand, hip, and foot or leg forms to throw the opponent to the mat, using his or her own weight and balance. The sutemi-waza form involves using the back or side of the body, dropping down below the attacker and using downward momentum to throw.

The Katame-Waza and Atemi-Waza Judo Techniques

The second of Judo forms is katame-waza, or grappling techniques, which can be done after the opponent has been thrown down, or while standing. Pinning, strangle and choke holds, and armbar joint locking forms are used to incapacitate the opponent. These must be done with care as to not seriously harm your competition during a Judo meet.

Atemi-waza is the third of Judo techniques. These use striking forms and are never allowed in competitions, as they could lead to serious injuries and even death. They are primarily learned and practiced in kata (the practice of forms), so unless you want to cause serious damage, atemi-waza is not to be played around with unless you have proper Judo information and training.Ê Ê


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