Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Sode-guruma-jime (Sleeve wheel strangle)

Sode-guruma-jime (Sleeve wheel strangle)

Summary

This Waza strangles the opponent by using the sleeve opening.

Features of this Waza

In the Sode-guruma-jime (Sleeve wheel strangle) Waza, Tori (Player executing technique) uses the opening of his own sleeve to strangle the base of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) throat.

Waza details

Tori (Player executing technique) wraps an arm around Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) throat, and grasps the sleeve of that arm with his other arm from the opposite side. From this neck-hugging posture, and while keeping the sleeve firmly grasped, Tori (Player executing technique) moves his neck-hugging arm to the base of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) throat. In this posture, both the sleeve opening and the arm are around Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) throat. Tori (Player executing technique) then uses the wrists of both hands to press against the base of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) throat while pulling backward as if to back away from Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack). This combined arm and body pulling pressure produce a strong strangling posture
. Although this Waza is not commonly used in actual competition, it favors combatants with long arms and relatively slender bodies.

Waza usage tip

  • In order to increase the strangling efficacy, Tori (Player executing technique) reduces the sleeve opening gap by inserting his grasping hand inside the sleeve and turning his wrist to twist the sleeve.
  • Inserting one's hand inside the opponent's sleeve is a rules violation, and Tori (Player executing technique) must use care to avoid doing this.