Tate shiho gatame

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Tate shiho gatame
Tate shiho gatame.jpg
Sub classificationOsaekomi-waza
GripFull mount
Technique name
RōmajiTate shiho gatame
EnglishVertical four-quarter hold

Tate-Shiho-Gatame (縦四方固) is one of the seven mat holds, Osaekomi-waza, of Kodokan Judo. In grappling terms, it is categorized as a mounted position.

Technique description[edit]

Graphic from http://judoinfo.com/techdrw.htm

Exemplar Videos:

Demonstrated from http://www.judoinfo.com/video6.htm

Known as the full mount in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other grappling arts. You sit astride your opponent knees up high under armpits to avoid being bucked or alternatively lying on top of your opponent grapevining their legs with your own whilst your arms act as stabilisers and your chest smothering their airways. When the opponent weakens from exhaustion/asphyxiation one should then consider the following options.

The high armpit position allows transition to armbars the other to various choke holds.

Technique history[edit]

Included systems[edit]





Upa is described as a technique onto itself in the book Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Theory and Technique, and demonstrated in the video 'Gracie_Jiu-Jitsu_Basics_Vol.1. It is also part of the movement described as the cross lock (juji-jime) defense method in the book The Canon of Judo.

Elbow escape[edit]

"The elbow escape from the mounted position" is described in the book Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Theory and Technique, and demonstrated in the video Gracie_Jiu-Jitsu_Basics_Vol.1.


  • Arm Pull and Roll Over Tate Shiho Gatame Escape


Similar techniques, variants, and aliases[edit]


The Canon of Judo lists a variation as a separate technique, where tori secures one of uke's arms instead of uke's neck, as demonstrated in the above animation, while holding onto the belt.


English aliases:

  • Horizontal four quarter hold


  • Double Arm Tate-Shiho-Gatame
  • Head Lock Tate-Shiho-Gatame
  • Reverse Head Lock Tate-Shiho-Gatame
  • Arm Hold Tate-Shiho-Gatame
  • Thigh on Shoulder/Arm Hold Tate-Shiho-Gatame