Seoi nage

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Video clip of Seoi Nage Judo throw
Video clip of Seoi Nage Judo throw
Sub classificationTe-waza
Technique name
RōmajiSeoi nage
EnglishShoulder throw

Seoi nage (背負い投げ) is a shoulder throw, one of the traditional forty throws of Judo as developed by Jigoro Kano. It belongs to the first group, Dai Ikkyo, of the traditional throwing list, Gokyo (no waza), of Kodokan Judo. It is also part of the current 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo. It is classified as a hand technique, te-waza, and is the second throw performed in the Nage-no-kata.


The specific techniques of morote-seoi-nage (two hands seoi-nage) or eri-seoi are generally called seoi-nage. The distinctive technical aspect of this classification is that tori (the one executing the technique) grips with his two hands[1] as opposed to Ippon Seoi Nage in which only one hand remains gripping while the other slides under uke's (the one receiving the technique) armpit. Renowned seoi nage martial artists are Isao Okano and Toshihiko Koga.


Seoi nage is likely to have developed from the jujutsu throw empi nage in which an arm bar is used as leverage to throw uke over tori’s shoulder. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kodokan Institute. "Seoi-Nage (hand technique)". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  2. ^ Craig, Darrell Max: Japan’s ultimate martial art; Jujitsu before 1882, The classical Japanese art of self-defense, Tuttle Publishing, 1995, ISBN 0-8048-3027-4, p.73


Further reading[edit]

  • Nakanishi, Hidetoshi (1992), "Seoi-nage", Judo Masterclass Techniques (second ed.), Ippon Books, ISBN 0-9518455-4-3

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