Glossary of Judo terminology

Uratori (Counter techniques)

Uratori (Counter techniques)

"Uratori" (Counter techniques) are used to counter an opponent's Waza, whereby he is toppled instead of you. More than a defensive maneuver, an Uratori (Counter techniques) is a technique that turns an urgent situation into an opportunity.
For example, if Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) attacks with an Osoto-gari (Large outer reap), Tori (Player executing technique) can step back with one leg and back away from Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack). Tori (Player executing technique) then shifts his center of gravity to that back leg (now his support leg) and twists his body to destabilize Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) in the backward direction, and then executes his own Osoto-gari (Large outer reap).
Uratori (Counter techniques) allows a combatant to execute a counter maneuver at the instant he is attacked, and is one of the more interesting aspects of Judo.