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Kami-Shiho-Gatame: Judo Grappling Hold

Kami-Shiho-Gatame: Judo Grappling Hold

Kami-Shiho-Gatame is a Judo Grappling Hold. Kami-Shiho-Gatame is probably best translated North-south hold and I don't think when you look at the video you will have any trouble understanding why that translation is acceptable.

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The things to note about this hold is the use of the legs to control the head and how Tori's arms control Uke's arms. I always tell my students that if you control the head you control the body.

The other way of controlling the head is to lay flat and use your stomach to press on Uke's face.
The upside of doing it this way is that Uke's has trouble breathing through your stomach and submits quickly. Also laying flat allows you to spread your legs for greater control. You may need this control when Uke tries to escape as the traditional escape is for Uke to arch up, wrap their arms around you and try to rotate you off.

The downside of laying flat is that you can't always rely on Uke to be silly enough to leave their head where it can be laid on for suffocation purposes. 😀

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The position of the legs in the video is by far superior and done correctly will almost always stop Uke from trying to escape as they can't move their head to do so. So why mention the laying flat position?

Because in competition you are not always going to be given the ideal position and you will have to adapt to whatever you have available. Laying flay maybe your best option.

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