(Throwing Techniques)
   Nage-waza can be divided into two sub-categories, tachi-waza (standing techniques) and sutemi-waza (sacrifice techniques).
    The techniques of tachi-waza are performed while standing and fall into one of three categories: te-waza (hand techniques), koshi-waza (hip techniques), and ashi-waza (foot or leg techniques).  The primary part of his body that tori (the thrower) uses to throw uke (the one being thrown) determines what heading a particular tachi-waza technique will fall under.
    The techniques of sutemi-waza involve tori dropping to the mat and using his downward momentum to help throw uke.  There are two types of sutemi-waza: ma-sutemi-waza (back sacrifice techniques) and yoko-sutemi-waza (side sacrifice techniques).  The former involves tori falling to his back to execute the throw.  In the latter, tori falls to his side in order to throw uke.

    The following is a list of all nage-waza found in the 1994 paperback edition of Kodokan Judo.
    The English translations are taken from Best Judo and from Kodokan Judo.
    If the technique is underlined that means you can click on the name of the technique and see a picture of it.

Te-Waza (Hand Techniques)
seoi-nage (shoulder throw)
kata-guruma (fireman's carry)
obi-otoshi (?)
seoi-otoshi (?)
sukui-nage/te-guruma (scoop throw)
sumi-otoshi (corner drop)
tai-otoshi (body drop)
uki-otoshi (floating drop)
yama-arashi (?)
morote-gari* (two hand reap / double leg takedown)
kuchiki-taoshi* (one-hand drop)
kibisu-gaeshi* (heel trip)
uchi-mata-sukashi* (inner thigh reaping throw slip)

Ashi-Waza (Foot/Leg Techniques)
ashi-guruma (leg whirl)
de-ashi-harai (forward foot sweep)
hiza-guruma (knee whirl)
ko-soto-gari (small outside clip)
ko-uchi-gari (small inside clip)
o-guruma (big whirl)
okuri-ashi-harai (assisting foot sweep)
o-soto-gari (big outside clip)
o-soto-guruma (big outside whirl)
o-soto-otoshi (?)
o-uchi-gari (big inside clip)
sasae-tsurikomi-ashi (supporting foot lifting-pull throw)
uchi-mata (inner-thigh reaping throw)
harai-tsurikomi-ashi (pulling - lift leg sweep)
ko-soto-gake (small outside hook)
tsubame-gaeshi* (swallow counter)
o-soto-gaeshi* (big outside clip counter)
o-uchi-gaeshi* (big inside clip counter)
ko-uchi-gaeshi* (small inside clip counter)
hane-goshi-gaeshi* (hip spring counter)
harai-goshi-gaeshi* (hip sweep counter)
uchi-mata-gaeshi* (inner-thigh reaping throw counter)

Koshi-Waza (Hip Techniques)
hane-goshi (hip spring)
harai-goshi (hip sweep)
koshi-guruma (hip wheel)
ogoshi (major hip throw)
tsuri-goshi (lifting hip throw)
tsurikomi-goshi (lifting-pull hip throw)
uki-goshi (rising hip throw)
ushiro-goshi (rear hip throw)
utsuri-goshi (hip shift)
dakiage* (high lift)

Yoko-Sutemi-Wazi (Side Sacrifice Techniques)
yoko-wakare (side split)
yoko-otoshi (side drop)
yoko-guruma (side whirl)
yoko-gake (side hook)
uki-waza (floating throw)
hane-makikomi (springing wrap-around throw)
soto-makikomi (outside wrap-around throw)
tani-otoshi (valley drop)
uchi-makikomi (?)
kani-basami* (scissors throw)
kawazu-gake* (one leg entanglement)
o-soto-makikomi* (large outside wrap-around throw)
uchi-mata-makikomi* (inner thigh wrap-around throw)
harai-makikomi* (hip sweep wrap-around throw)

Ma-Sutemi-Waza (Back Sacrifice Techniques)
hiki-komi-gaeshi (?)
sumi-gaeshi (corner reversal)
tawara-gaeshi (rice-bag reversal)
tomoe-nage (round throw / foot in stomach throw)
ura-nage (rear throw / back suplex)

Throws marked with an asterisk (*) have been added to the official body of recognized throwing techniques by the Kodokan since 1920.

There are countless variations to the above throws and there may be additional throws that have not been included on the above list.  If you are aware of a throw that has not been included, please send an email to  Please include the Japanese name of the throw, the English translation, and where to find a description/illustration of the throw (if possible).

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