Glossary of Judo terminology

Tsukuri and Kake (Set-up to execute technique / Execution of techniques)

Tsukuri and Kake (Set-up to execute technique / Execution of techniques)

In order to find the right time to execute a Waza during a Judo contest, a contestant will attempt to destabilize the opponent by using the "push if pulled" and "pull if pushed" principle to manipulate the distance to the opponent as well as the opponent's posture, etc., in order to create favorable conditions for properly throwing the opponent. These maneuverings are called the "Tsukuri" (Set-up to execute technique). Selecting the optimal Waza for the conditions created by the "Tsukuri" (Set-up to execute technique) is referred to as the "Kake" (Execution of techniques). The Tsukuri and Kake (Set-up to execute technique / Execution of techniques) are two sides of the same coin, and a brilliantly executed Waza that makes anyone catch their breath is the result of a perfectly matched Tsukuri (Set-up to execute technique), Kake (Execution of techniques), and Tai-sabaki (Body shifting / Body control). In Judo, this is referred to as the "method for using power".