Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Kata-te-jime (One-hand strangle)

Kata-te-jime (One-hand strangle)

Summary

This effective Shime waza (strangling techniques) uses only one hand.

Features of this Waza

In the Kata-te-jime (One-hand strangle) Waza, Tori (Player executing technique) uses one arm to strangle Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) with the collar of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) own uniform.

Waza details

Although this Waza consists of strangling the opponent with one arm, its efficacy relies on the use of the legs and the other arm to restrict the opponent's freedom of movement.
The Waza begins with Tori (Player executing technique) lying in a supine posture with Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) back on top of him. Tori (Player executing technique) then wraps an arm around Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) neck from behind and grasps Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) collar on the opposite side. Tori (Player executing technique) also uses his leg (on the same side as his strangling arm) to clamp Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) arm against Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) side. With his strangling arm, Tori (Player executing technique) then pulls on Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) collar to apply a firm pressure to Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) neck. Although this posture in itself inflicts considerable damage, Tori (Player executing technique) can inflict even more damage by placing his other leg on Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) stomach, thereby adding the power of both legs to the one-arm strangle.
Tori (Player executing technique) may also use his other arm to scoop up one of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) legs in order to subdue his lower body, with the hand of that arm grasping the sleeve of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) clamped arm, thereby securing both Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) leg and arm.
This Kata-te-jime (One-hand strangle) Waza can also be applied by toppling the opponent down onto his back, and then pushing his head against the floor while grasping one side of his collar and pulling it to apply pressure to the base of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) throat.