Glossary of Judo terminology

Belt sides

Belt sides

The "Belt sides" refers to the sides of the Judo uniform Belt. Judo is performed by destabilizing the opponent's Center of gravity, and then throwing the opponent. This is done most effectively by grasping the opponent's sleeve, lapel, or belt, in order to pull and destabilize him. When performing a Kami-shiho-gatame (Top four-corner hold), Tori (Player executing technique) covers Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) body with his own upper body from directly above Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) head, and grasps both sides of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) belts to effectively disable Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) movement and hold him down.
In recent Sambo style Judo on display in international competitions, Tori (Player executing technique) grasps Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) Belt (belt rear, side, or front) and lifts him while executing the Harai-goshi (Hip sweep) Waza.