Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Uki-goshi (Floating hip throw)

Uki-goshi (Floating hip throw)


This Koshi waza (Hip techniques) is used to abruptly throw an opponent by rotating your hips.

Features of this Waza

The Uki-goshi (Floating hip throw) consists of wrapping an arm around the opponent, grasping the back of his belt from above, and then rotating your hips to throw him down.

Waza details

This Waza begins from the natural posture, with Tori (Player executing technique) grasping Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) sleeve and his armpit area.
Tori (Player executing technique) then pulls back his leg (on the same side as the arm grasping Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) armpit) to destabilize Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) balance. As Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) moves forward, Tori (Player executing technique) slips an arm around Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) waist and grasps the back of his belt, pulling him against Tori (Player executing technique) hips. Using the spring force of his knees, a hip rotation action, and the power in his hips, Tori (Player executing technique) throws Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) over his hip and to the floor.
It is essential, during this Waza, to keep ones body snugly against the opponent lest he escape.
This Waza is well suited as a counter to a sudden vital-point attack from the opponent.

Waza usage tip

  • In order to perform this Waza at precisely the right moment, and in a smooth manner, the hip thrust must be deep enough, and the knees must be sufficiently bent.
  • Choosing the right time for slipping an arm around your opponent's waist to grasp the back of his belt is not easy, but it can be facilitated by lowering the shoulder slightly on that side, thereby creating a stance that puts the opponent on his heels.