Ude hishigi waki gatame

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Ude hishigi waki gatame
Wrestler applying Ude-hishigi-waki-gatame with a figure-four hold
Wrestler Tommaso Ciampa applying Ude hishigi waki gatame with a figure-four hold.
Sub classificationKansetsu-waza
Technique name
EnglishArmpit arm-entanglement

Ude-Hishigi-Waki-Gatame is an armlock and one of the official 29 grappling techniques of Kodokan Judo. It is one of the nine joint techniques of the Kansetsu-waza list, one of the three grappling lists in Judo's Katame-waza enumerating 29 grappling techniques. Falling directly to the mat while applying or attempting to apply the Waki gatame in competition is listed as an Hansoku-make (Grave Infringement) by the International Judo Federation.[1]

It is known as Fujiwara armbar in professional wrestling.

Wrestler Antonio Thomas applying a Kan'nuki gatame.
Kan'nuki gatame on standing position

Technique description[edit]

This armlock is executed with Uke on their stomach, while tori has uke's arm trapped with the elbow beneath tori's armpit. Tori lifts uke's hand, causing hyperextension of the elbow joint in a similar manner to Ude-Hishigi-Juji-Gatame.


In mixed martial arts[edit]

The move was successfully used in mixed martial arts by Shinya Aoki in his debut on Shooto on January 25, 2005. He applied it on Keith Wisniewski during a clinch exchange, breaking his arm.[2]

Included systems[edit]



Similar techniques, variants, and aliases[edit]

IJF official names[edit]

  • Ude-hishigi-waki-gatame (腕挫腋固)
  • U.H. waki-gatame
  • Waki-gatame (腋固)
  • WAK


  • Armpit Armlock[3]
  • Body armlock (Ude-hishigi-tai-gatame)
  • Fujiwara armbar
  • Tai gatame ude kujiki

Similar techniques[edit]

Kata osae tai gatame ude kujiki is a joint hold demonstrated in The Essence Of Judo featuring Kyuzo Mifune. This is included in Ude hishigi hara gatame.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "IJF Referee Rules". intjudo.eu. 2007. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ How to do the Infamous ‘Waki Gatame’ Armlock Standing and on the Ground, 2017
  3. ^ "IJF Referee Rules". web1.vattnet.com. 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2015.