Glossary of Judo terminology

Kaeshi-waza (Counter techniques)

Kaeshi-waza (Counter techniques)

"Kaeshi-waza" (Counter techniques) are used to counter an opponent's Waza, whereby he is thrown instead of you. Because a Kaeshi-waza (Counter techniques) consists of transforming the opponent's attempted Waza into your own Waza, it requires skillful Uke-kata (Blocking techniques) and Tai-sabaki (Body shifting / Body control). Among the representative Kaeshi-waza (Counter techniques) are the Uchi-mata-sukashi (Inner-thigh reaping throw slip), the Osoto-gaeshi (Large outer reaping throw counter), and the Ouchi-gaeshi (Large inner reaping throw counter).
It's not unusual to see a Japanese combatant lose an international bout due to the opponent's Kaeshi-waza (Counter techniques). This is because foreign combatants carefully study the Nage waza (Throwing techniques) of the Japanese combatants and then apply their superior physical power to seize a come-from-behind win by a Kaeshi-waza (Counter techniques), particularly in contests with Japanese combatants who appear to be physically weaker them.