Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Tai-otoshi (Body drop)

Tai-otoshi (Body drop)


This is a basic Judo Te waza (Hand techniques) centered on the use of the Tsurite (Lifting hand) and the footwork.

Features of this Waza

To perform a Tai-otoshi (Body drop), you must destabilize the opponent toward the forward right corner, and then throw the opponent down in a diagonal manner over your side.

Waza details

The Kata (Form) of this Waza closely resembles that of the Seoi-otoshi (Shoulder drop). One leg is extended outward and is used as the fulcrum over which to topple the opponent.
The use of the Tsurite (Lifting hand) is of particular importance in this Waza. Tori (Player executing technique) Tsurite (Lifting hand) grasps Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) lapel area, and then lifts Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) with elbow extended outward. As the lift is applied, Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) heels lift off the floor, making him easier to pull. Although the Tai-otoshi (Body drop) is frequently used in both men's and women's competition, it is also known as a Choshi-waza (Timing technique) where light-footed motion is critical, and is therefore most often seen in contests between two small-statured combatants.

Waza usage tip

  • This Waza must be applied at the precise moment the opponent begins forward or lateral motion.
  • The toes of the extended "fulcrum" leg must be pointing toward the Support leg in order to avoid injury.