Judoka demonstrating Makura kesa gatame
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Many Judo throws lead naturally to Kesa-Gatame, since the classic judo hold places one grip on the opponent's lapel and one grip near the opponent's elbow. Then as one enters the ground phase, one arm goes around the opponent's neck and the other arm secures the opponent's arm. In The Canon Of Judo, Kyuzo Mifune points out that tori's arm should lift uke's head and tori's leg should be under uke's shoulder.
- Arm Pullout Kesa Gatame Escape:
Tori escapes by pulling out his held arm and attempts to take uke's back.
- Bridge and Roll Kesa Gatame Escape:
Tori attempts to escape uke's hold by pulling out his arm, but then in a quick reversal (push-pull), tori changes his torque from trying to pull his arm out to rolling uke over into side control.
- Leg Hook Kesa Gatame Escape:
- Kesa-Ashi-Gatame, Double Leg Gatame Arm Bar
- Single Leg Gatame Arm Bar
And with some transitioning, the arm held is at risk of many other locks.
Also one step away is Kata-Gatame. Although categorized as a mat hold, it is also a choke if enough pressure is exerted correctly.
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Similar techniques, variants, and aliases
(Back Scarf Hold)
(Rear Scarf Hold)
- Hon-Kesa-Gatame (Basic Scarf Hold)
- Makura-Kesa-Gatame (Pillow Scarf Hold)
- Tori places his right thigh under uke's head raising uke's head up.
- Tori's right hand wraps aunder uke's left shoulder, and
- holds on to his right knee or thigh to lock his head and shoulder.
- Tori leans forward to trap uke's head and spreads his legs.
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- Mifune, Kyuzo (2004,1965,1960). The Canon Of Judo. Kodansha International Ltd. pp. 116,119. ISBN 4-7700-2979-9. Check date values in:
- Ohlenkamp, Neil (2006) Judo Unleashed basic reference on judo. ISBN 0-07-147534-6.