Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Seoi-otoshi (Shoulder drop)

Seoi-otoshi (Shoulder drop)


This Te waza (Hand techniques) is a variation of the Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw).

Features of this Waza

The Seoi-otoshi (Shoulder drop) uses the same method as the Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw) to bring the opponent against one's back, but the footwork during the actual throw closely resembles that used in the Tai-otoshi (Body drop).

Waza details

From a natural posture, Tori (Player executing technique) pulls Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) onto his toes to destabilize him in the forward direction, then, to facilitate the throw, he rolls the wrist of his Hiki-te (Pulling hand) over and pulls the wrist to eye height. Tori (Player executing technique) Tsurite (Lifting hand) grasps Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) lapel area in a twisting motion to secure a stronger grip. While making effective use of both hands, Tori (Player executing technique) then abruptly spins around and steps back into Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack), bringing Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) against Tori (Player executing technique) back. Although identical to the Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw) up to this point, The Seoi-otoshi (Shoulder drop) then uses the same footwork as the Tai-otoshi (Body drop) in which one leg is extended outward and is used as the fulcrum over which to throw the opponent.
This Waza is often seen in actual competition, and like the Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw), it is popular with smaller statured contestants.
Because the Seoi-otoshi (Shoulder drop) is easier to execute than the Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw), beginners who master this Waza first may find it difficult to properly master the Seoi-nage (Shoulder throw).

Waza usage tip

  • When executing this throw, one should focus on an image in which the opponent is being dropped off one's shoulder in a slanting fashion.