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ClassificationJudo Kata
Sub classificationRandori-no-kata
Technique name
EnglishForms of grappling

Katame no Kata (固の形, Forms of grappling) is one of the two Randori-no-kata (乱取りの形, Free practice forms) of Kodokan Judo. It is intended as an illustration of the various concepts of katame-waza (固技, grappling techniques) that exist in judo, and is used both as a training method and as a demonstration of understanding.


The katame-no-kata was developed by Jigoro Kano as a method of illustrating principles of grappling to allow students to more effectively apply them in randori. Initially the kata consisted of ten techniques. These were subsequently appended, bringing the number to fifteen.[1]


The katame-no-kata consists of fifteen techniques, grouped in three categories:

  • Osaekomi-waza (抑込技, holding or pinning techniques)
  • Shime-waza (絞技, strangulation techniques)
  • Kansetsu-waza (関節技, Joint techniques (locks))


The five holding techniques demonstrated in Katame no Kata are:

Shime waza[edit]

The five chokes demonstrated are:

Kansetsu waza[edit]

The five joint locks demonstrated are:

Videos of katame-no-kata[edit]


  1. ^ Kano, Jigoro (2008), "Kata Research", in Watson, Brian N., Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Victoria, BC, Canada: Trafford, pp. 78–79
  • Jigoro Kano, Kodokan Judo, Kodansha International.
  • Tadao Otaki and F. Draeger, Judo Formal Techniques, Tuttle Martial Arts.

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