Shime Waza, Judo Chokes: Straight Forward Just Hard To Enter

Here is a Shime Waza, (Judo Chokes or Choking techniques) that I like but it's a bit hard to get into it.

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At first glance you would think that it is really easy to execute but looks can be deceiving.

Shime Waza & Contest Time

You have to remember that the only time you are going to actually try to do this strangle is in Randori or Shiai (contest without points or contest with points; I know some will argue that definition but it will do ok), and Nobody who has got themselves into a defensive position, where such a Shime Waza could be done, is going to let you thread your arm through like the video shows without a fight. It is competition after all.
Of course the other issue is the contest rules. Once upon a time, when I was competing as a junior, the referees where happy for you to spend almost as much time on the ground as you liked, as long as some progress was being made and although that is still technically the rule, because of the of the emphasis on a fast moving contest, most referees will get you standing at the slightest pause in the ground work. So you are effectively restricted in you ability to enter this by time.

Is this a bad thing?

Well not really. As much as doing ground work was my favorite thing, Judo is not BJJ and it just means that you are just going to have to work harder and smarter to get your entry.


You are going to have to create a gap for your arm to enter before you can execute anything.

There are many ways to create such a gap. Too many to discuss in this one blog post, so you are going to have to talk to your coach but once you are in, this Shime Waza is quick and easy to archive.

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Posted by Mowafaq Judo on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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