Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Do-jime (Body scissors)

Do-jime (Body scissors)


This torso and legs strangling Waza is one of the prohibited Waza.

Features of this Waza

In the Do-jime (Body scissors) Waza, Tori (Player executing technique) scissors the opponent's torso between both legs to strangle him.

Waza details

Tori (Player executing technique) wraps both legs around Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) torso, clasps his ankles together, and applies a strong strangling force while grasping both of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) sleeves, etc., to control Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) upper body. Tori (Player executing technique) then squeezes his knees together against Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) sides.
The rules of Judo prohibit the following types of strangles: strangling any part of the body (head, torso, etc.) other than the neck, strangling by using the Belt or the hem of the uniform, strangling by pressure from the fist, strangling directly by the fingers, etc.
This Do-jime (Body scissors) Waza is therefore prohibited because it consists of strangling (scissoring) the opponent's torso with both legs. All Waza which could inflict lethal damage or death, etc., are prohibited.
If executed by a powerful combatant, the Do-jime (Body scissors) Waza could cause internal damage. The four Waza currently prohibited by the international rules are the Do-jime (Body scissors), Kani-basami (Scissors throw), Ashi-garami (Entangled leg lock), and the Kawazu-gake (One-leg entanglement drop). Using a prohibited Waza will not only result in a Hansoku-make (Defeat by grave infringement or accumulated light penalties), it could also injure the opponent. These Waza should therefore not be used.