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Osaekomi-Waza: All Judo Pinning Techniques

Unveiling Osaekomi-waza in Judo: The Art of Immobilization

Osaekomi-waza, deeply rooted in Judo, harks back to ancient Japanese martial arts, evolving into a refined grappling technique. The focus is on controlling opponents through skilful and strategic immobilization, showcasing the art's sophistication. It encompasses diverse techniques, many of which are listed below, offering versatile options for practitioners.

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The Tactical Dance

Practitioners master the tactical dance of Osaekomi-waza, where precise body positioning and strategic grips play pivotal roles in immobilizing opponents. Exemplifying Judo principles of efficiency over power, requiring practitioners to use minimal force for maximum control and dominance. Continually adapting techniques, infusing innovation into traditional methods, creating a dynamic and evolving grappling style.

Mental Fortitude

Beyond physicality, success in Osaekomi-waza demands mental fortitude as practitioners navigate the challenges of control and opponent resistance. Mirroring a strategic chess match, where anticipating and countering an opponent's moves are critical elements for achieving and maintaining control.

Legacy of Mastery

The list of Osaekomi-waza's pinning techniques below forms part of Katame-waza (Grappling techniques). they add to the rich history and ongoing Judo evolution. They stand as a testament to Judo's enduring legacy.

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Osaekomi-waza (Pinning techniques)

Each link goes to, where possible a Kodokan video that demonstrates its method. I have also included, where possible, videos on the various escapes from each technique.

Kami Shiho Gatame (Top Four Corner Hold)
Kami-siho-gatame Escapes

Kata Gatame (Shoulder Hold)
Kata-gatame Escapes

Kese Gatame (Scarf Hold)
Kesa-gatame Escapes

Kuzure Kami Shiho Gatame (Modified Four Corner Hold)
Kuzure-kami-siho-gatame Escapes

Kuzure Kesa Gatame (Modified Scarf Hold)
Kuzure-Kesa-Gatame Escapes

Tate Shiho Gatame (Straight Four Corner Hold)
Tate-shiho-gatame Escapes

Uki Gatame (Floating Hold)
Uki-gatame Escapes

Ushiro Kesa Gatame (Reverse Scarf Hold)
Ushiro-kesa-gatame Escapes

Yoko Shiho Gatame (Side Four Corner Hold)
Yoko-shiho-gatame Escapes

The following are not demonstrated by the Kodokan

Mune Gatame version 1 (a variation of Yoko Shiho Gatame) Mune Gatame version 2 (a variation of Yoko Shiho Gatame) Kuzure Tate Shiho Gatame

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