Glossary of Judo terminology
Te waza (Hand techniques)
"Te waza" (hand techniques) belong to the Nage waza (Throwing techniques) group, and consist of effectively using the hands/arms to throw the opponent. Kodokan Judo lists 15 Te waza (hand techniques): Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw), Tai-otoshi (Body drop), Kata-guruma (Shoulder wheel), Sukui-nage (Scooping throw ), Uki-otoshi (Floating drop), Sumi-otoshi (Corner drop), Obi-otoshi (Belt drop), Seoi-otoshi (Shoulder drop), Yama-arashi (Mountain storm throw), Morote-gari (Two-hands reap), Kuchiki-taoshi (One-hand drop), Kibisu-gaeshi (Heel trip), Uchi-mata-sukashi (Inner thigh reaping throw slip), Kouchi-gaeshi (Small inner reaping throw counter), Ippon-seoi-nage (One-armed shoulder throw).
Te waza are performed from a standing posture, and include the use of Tai-sabaki (Body shifting / Body control) to destabilize the opponent, followed by a dynamic throw. The Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw) consists of quickly spinning around into the opponent's bosom and throwing him. This Waza enables even a small-statured contestant to throw a large-statured opponent, and is frequently seen in junior and lightweight division contests.