Glossary of Judo terminology

Te waza (Hand techniques)

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.