Glossary of Judo terminology

Both sleeves & Both lapels

Both sleeves & Both lapels

Basics of Judo Grips

  • Right grip in natural posture (standing with both legs spread parallel to the opponent)
  • Left grip in natural posture (standing with both legs spread parallel to the opponent)
  • Right natural posture right-side grip: Right hand (Tsurite [Lifting hand]) grasps the opponent's lapel, left hand (Hiki-te [Pulling hand]) grasps the opponent's sleeve, standing with right leg forward.
  • Left natural posture left-side grip: Left hand (Tsurite [Lifting hand]) grasps the opponent's lapel, right hand (Hiki-te [Pulling hand]) grasps the opponent's sleeve, standing with left leg forward.

In a Judo contest, gaining an advantageous stance is of critical importance. The stances which can be used include the Both sleeves, the Both lapels, and various other irregular stances as well. A Both sleeves or Both lapels stance will draw a "Shido"(Instruction / Light penalty) penalty if maintained for 6 or more seconds without mounting an attack (lack of intent to attack).