Kata guruma

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Kata guruma
Kata guruma throw demonstration
Judoka demonstrate Kata-guruma throw
Classification Nage-waza
Sub classification Te-waza
Technique name
Rōmaji Kata-guruma
Japanese 肩車
English Shoulder wheel

Kata guruma (肩車) is one of the traditional forty throws of Judo as developed by Kano Jigoro.Kata guruma belongs to the third group of the traditional throwing list in the Gokyo no waza of the Kodokan Judo.[1] It is also part of the current 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo.[2] Because the technique is not a sweep nor a trip and requires tori to pull uke into a carry, it is categorized as a hand throwing technique (tewaza).[3]


In The Essence of Judo, Kyuzo Mifune demonstrates three variations of kata guruma. In the second variation, Mifune steps behind uke, and in the third he steps behind uke and grabs uke's left leg instead. In all three variations, uke is lifted up to tori's shoulder behind tori's head, and then dropped forward (as in the above clip). The drop kata guruma is a variant of kata guruma.[4]

See also[edit]

Kata guruma demonstration


Further reading[edit]

  • van de Walle, Robert (1993), "Pick-ups", Judo Masterclass Techniques (second ed.), Ippon Books, ISBN 1-874572-10-0 

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