Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Ude-hishigi-juji-gatame (Cross lock)

Ude-hishigi-juji-gatame (Cross lock)

Summary

This is a representative Kansetsu waza (Joint locks).

Features of this Waza

In the Ude-hishigi-juji-gatame (Cross lock) Waza, Tori (Player executing technique) scissors one of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) arms between his thighs, and pulls it to bend the entire arm.

Waza details

Tori (Player executing technique) lies at right-angles to the supine Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack).
As the name of this Waza implies, Tori (Player executing technique) lies crossways to Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) and grasps one of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) arms with both hands. He then scissors Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) arm between his thighs and clasps his ankles together so that his thighs scissor Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) opposite arm. Tori (Player executing technique) squeezes his knees together at Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) elbow to create a fulcrum there, and then uses the "lever principle" to effectively complete the Waza.
After firmly scissoring Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) elbow, Tori (Player executing technique) pulls Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) arm toward his chest to lock the elbow joint. This Waza is less effective against women combatants, etc., whose elbow joints are more flexible.
In actual competition, this Waza is sometimes transitioned to from the Tomoe-nage (Circular throw) Waza, etc.