Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Kata-gatame (Shoulder hold)

Kata-gatame (Shoulder hold)

Summary

This is a one-arm and neck Osae komi waza (Hold-down techniques).

Features of this Waza

The Kata-gatame (Shoulder hold)Waza holds down one of the opponent's arms and his neck at the same time.

Waza details

Tori (Player executing technique) runs his right arm beneath Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) right arm and around the back of his neck, thus holding his head down with his arm pulled up as if to cover his face.
Tori (Player executing technique) then clasps his other hand to the hand around Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) neck and uses his neck to keep Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) right arm trapped, thus locking down Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) shoulder.
Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) may attempt to escape by placing his hands together and stretching violently, using that momentum to throw Tori (Player executing technique) backwards, but these attempts can be repelled if the shoulder lock is not loosened.
Also, to prevent Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) from coiling his leg around Tori (Player executing technique) leg, Tori (Player executing technique) keeps the leg nearest to Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) snugly against Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) body, with his other leg flexed against the floor for balance.
When Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) attempts to escape in actual competition by adopting a bridge posture, Tori (Player executing technique) may also transition to a Tate-shiho-gatame (Straight four-corner hold).
Although this Waza has gained popularity in recent years, it is not frequently used by combatants with weak Ne waza (Ground techniques) skills.