Judo Throws - List of Judo techniques

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Judo is all about throws, or "waza" in Japanese.


Judo throws are the most effective way to get an opponent to the ground, and you start learning them from the first day of your first judo lesson.


In this article, you will find all the Judo techniques with plenty of videos.


Judo techniques belong into three main groups (Nage-waza, Katame-waza and Atemi-waza):

  • NAGE-WAZA (throwing techniques)

    • TE-WAZA (hand techniques)
      • Seoi-nage
      • Ippon seoi-nage
      • Seoi-otoshi
      • Tai-otoshi
      • Kata-guruma (hardest technique)
      • Sukui-nage
      • Obi-otoshi
      • Uki-otoshi
      • Sumi-otoshi
      • Yama-arashi
      • Obi-tori-gaeshi
      • Morote-gari
      • Kuchiki-taoshi
      • Kibisu-gaeshi
      • Uchi-mata-sukashi
      • Ko-uchi-gaeshi

    • KOSHI-WAZA (hip techniques)
      • Uki-goshi
      • O-goshi
      • Koshi-guruma
      • Tsuri-komi-goshi
      • Sode-tsuri-komi-goshi
      • Harai-goshi
      • Tsuri-goshi
      • Hane-goshi
      • Utsuri-goshi
      • Ushiro-goshi

    • ASHI-WAZA (feet/leg techniques)
      • De-ashi-harai
      • Hiza-guruma
      • Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi
      • O-soto-gari
      • O-uchi-gari
      • Ko-soto-gari
      • Ko-uchi-gari
      • Okuri-ashi-harai
      • Uchi-mata (amazing technique)
      • Ko-soto-gake
      • Ashi-guruma
      • Harai-tsurikomi-ashi
      • O-guruma
      • O-soto-guruma
      • O-soto-otoshi
      • Tsubame-gaeshi
      • O-soto-gaeshi
      • O-uchi-gaeshi
      • Harai-goshi-gaeshi
      • Uchi-mata-gaeshi

    • MA-SUTEMI-WAZA (rear sacrifice techniques)
      • Tomoe-nage
      • Sumi-gaeshi
      • Hikikomi-gaeshi
      • Tawara-gaeshi
      • Ura-nage

    • YOKO-SUTEMI-WAZA (side sacrifice techniques)
      • Yoko-otoshi
      • Tani-otoshi
      • Hane-makikomi
      • Soto-makikomi
      • Uchi-makikomi
      • Uki-waza
      • Yoko-wakare
      • Yoko-guruma
      • Yoko-gake
      • Daki-wakare
      • O-soto-makikomi
      • Uchi-mata-makikomi
      • Harai-makikomi
      • Ko-uchi-makikomi
      • Kani-basami
      • Kawazu-gake

  • KATAME-WAZA
  • ATEMI-WAZA

This article will also answer questions people ask like what is the best judo throw, how long it takes to learn Judo, whether you can use Judo in a street fight and many more!


Let's go quickly to the history to find out five original sets of Judo techniques called The Gokyo no Waza.


Jigoro Kano created this Judo syllabus of 40 techniques in 1892 in Tokyo.


List of Judo techniques was further updated and expanded into 68 techniques in 1982 and 1997.


So how many throws are in Judo? The correct answer is 68!


All these techniques have a purpose of training and cultivating your mind, body and spirit.


The ability to throw a competitor is one of the essential skills for a judoka.


Each successful Judo throw's critical moment is putting your opponent off balance by pulling or pushing the body with a firm grip.


One of the most challenging techniques for the opponent is probably Kata-guruma as the body might reach the highest level during the execution from all 68 motions. The landing might be a bit painful.

Another great one is the Tomoe-nage as it's a very unexpectable moment for a beginner or anyone without any Judo experience.


Best judo techniques depends on the opponent attacks, if it's static opponent or what direction is off-balanced but generally we can think of Uchi-mata, Seoi-nage (especially the knee version), Tomoe-nage and Osoto-gari.


Judokas learn these throws in dojo on tatamai and when they are able to proof the knowledge (and have some results from competitions) they will achieve higher Judo belt.



NAGE-WAZA - throwing techniques

TE-WAZA (手技)

Seoi-nage (背負投)

Ippon Seoi-nage (一本背負投)

Seoi-otoshi (背負落)

Tai-otoshi (体落)

Kata-guruma (肩車)

Sukui Nage (掬投)

Obi-otoshi (帯落)

Uki-otoshi (浮落)

Sumi-otoshi (隅落)

Yama-arashi (山嵐)

Obi-tori-gaeshi (帯取返)

Morote-gari (双手刈)

Kuchiki-taoshi (朽木倒)

Kibisu-gaeshi (踵返)

Uchi-mata-sukashi (内股すかし)

Ko-uchi-gaeshi (小内返)

KOSHI-WAZA (腰技)

Uki-goshi (浮腰)

O-goshi (大腰)

Koshi-guruma (腰車)

Tsurikomi-goshi (釣込腰)

Sode-tsurikomi-goshi (袖釣込腰)

Harai-goshi (払腰)

Tsuri-goshi (釣腰)

Hane-goshi (跳腰)

Utsuri-goshi (移腰)

Ushiro-goshi (後腰)



ASHI-WAZA (足技)

De-ashi-harai (出足払)

Hiza-guruma (膝車)

Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi (支釣込足)

O-soto-gari (大外刈)

O-uchi-gari (大内刈)

Ko-soto-gari (小外刈)

Ko-uchi-gari (小内刈)

Okuri-ashi-harai (送足払)

Uchi-mata (内股)

Ko-soto-gake (小外掛)

Ashi-guruma (足車)

Harai-tsurikomi-ashi (払釣込足)

O-guruma (大車)

O-soto-guruma (大外車)

O-soto-otoshi (大外落)

Tsubame-gaeshi (燕返)

O-soto-gaeshi (大外返)

O-uchi-gaeshi (大内返)

Hane-goshi-gaeshi (跳腰返)

Harai-goshi-gaeshi (払腰返)

Uchi-mata-gaeshi (内股返)



Ma-sutemi-waza (真捨身技)

Tomoe-nage (巴投)

Sumi-gaeshi (隅返)

Hikikomi-gaeshi (引込返)

Tawara-gaeshi (俵返)

Ura-nage (裏投)



Yoko-sutemi-waza (横捨身技)

Yoko-otoshi (横落)

Tani-otoshi (谷落)

Hane-makikomi (跳巻込)

Soto-makikomi (外巻込)

Uchi-makikomi (内巻込)

Uki-waza (浮技)

Yoko-wakare (横分)

Yoko-guruma (横車)

Yoko-gake (横掛)

Daki-wakare (抱分)

O-soto-makikomi (大外巻込)

Uchi-mata-makikomi (内股巻込)

Harai-makikomi (払巻込)

Ko-uchi-makikomi (小内巻込)

Kani-basami (蟹挟)

Kawazu-gake (河津掛)