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Intro

I'm studying judo again after many years. I've created this wiki as a study and reference guide for myself and others that want a concise description of traditional Judo techniques and practice. David's Judo log is a record of my practice and events.

  • Judo - The way of gentleness
  • Seiryoku-zen'yo - Maximum efficient use of energy (with minimum effort)
  • Jita-kyoei - Mutual prosperity for self and others

Sensei

Sidharth Seth is the sensei for the Pacific Coast Judo. Studied at Kodokan Dojo in Tokyo.

I originally learned with Sensei Noriyasu Kudo (hachidan) at the RPI Judo Club. Cool old article about my old sensei here and on the Kudo Kai site here

Dojo

Location and schedule:

  • 185 Walnut Street, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Wednesday: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Links

Aptos Judo links:

More local clubs:

General:

Practice

Practice consists of some combination of the following:

  • Opening
  • Stretching
  • Supplementals
  • Practice options:
    • Strengthening exercises
    • Ukemi practice
    • Uchikomi practice
    • Randori
  • Closing

You can read additional articles about fitness as well.

Opening/Closing

These are the basics of etiquette when starting practice. More on Judo etiquette here.

  • Sarets (line up) - Everyone responds with an emphatic Hai (yes). Line up in rank and seniority order. Often we stand instead of sit at the opening.
  • Shomen Ni Rei (bow to shomen): We bow as a sign of respect and thanks to the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano.
  • Sensei Ni Rei (bow to sensei) - The entire class bows to the teacher. If sensei is not present, the command will be Senpai Ni Rei, thus bowing to the leader of that day’s class.
  • Onegai Shimasu - Please practice with me.

These are the basics of etiquette when ending practice.

  • Sarets (line up) - Everyone responds with an emphatic Hai (yes). Line up in rank and seniority order.
  • Seiza (kneel down) - Everyone moves to kneeling position.
  • Mokusoh (meditate) - We take one minute to empty our minds and prepare for maximum concentration during class. Meditation should be done with eyes closed, body relaxed, and exclusive concentration on your breathing.
  • Mokusoh Yame (stop meditating) - Gently return the focus from your inner self back to the environment you are in.
  • Shomen Ni Rei (bow to shomen): We bow as a sign of respect and thanks to the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano.
  • Sensei Ni Rei (bow to sensei) - The entire class bows to the teacher. If sensei is not present, the command will be Senpai Ni Rei, thus bowing to the leader of that day’s class.
  • Otagai Ni Rei (bow to the others) - We all symbolically bow to each other by bowing forward. This is a way of giving thanks to everyone for being present and helping us learn Judo.
  • Domo Arigato Gozaimashita - Thank you very much for practice we've just completed.

Stretching

1 set of 10 for each on left then right sides. Used at the beginning of practice, and the end for cool down.

  • Toe flex
  • Ankle flex (in, out)
  • Knee rotation (clockwise, counter-clockwise, together)
  • Split stretch (regular, deep, rotated, rotated deep)
  • Hip rotation (clockwise, counter-clockwise)
  • Shoulder stretch (rotate, across, over)
  • Neck stretches (forward, back, left, right, clockwise, counter-clockwise)
  • Seated legs (together, split, bent forward, bent backward)
  • Squatted butterfly stretch
  • Hand stretch (up, down, twist)

Supplementals

  • Front Roll
  • Back Roll
  • Forward Crawl
  • Backward Shoulder Crawl
  • Front Roll and Stretch
  • Back Roll and Stretch
  • Forward Ebi
  • Backward Ebi
  • Handstand into Front Roll
  • Back Roll into Handstand
  • Handstand Walk
  • Cartwheel
  • Duck Walk - Squat with fingers locked behind neck.
  • Chicken Walk - Squat while holding back of ankles with arms inside legs.
  • Crocodile Walk - Small hops while in pushup position.
  • Moving Ukemis
    • Moving Back Fall
    • Moving Side Fall Left
    • Moving Side Fall Right
    • Front Roll Left
    • Front Roll Right

Circuit Training

Repeat 10 times each within 5 minutes with no rest. As you improve, increase to 12, 15, and eventually 25 times each. Once this is perfected, you can increase the difficulty of each element. Alternate with a partner.

  1. Burpees - jump and clap, land in squat, stretch and pushup, return to squat, repeat
  2. Situps - partner holds your feet, keep hands behind neck
  3. Height pushups - place feet on back of partner
  4. Reverse situps - partner holds your feet, keep hands behind neck
  5. Leap frog - jump over partner, turn and shoot back between their legs
  6. Kata Guruma (Half Squats) - hold partner on shoulders fireman style and squat
  7. Side steps - at least 5 steps, touch mat with outside hand, repeat in opposite direction
  8. Side jump - partner crouches face down, stand sideways facing forward, jump over facing in the same direction
  9. Tai Sabaki - partner lays face down, stand facing partner's side, jump and rotate to face partner's other side
  10. Clap pushups

Strengthening

Mix and match these for building strength. Most are practiced with a partner.

  • Pushups - Judo pushups start with legs spread and body pushed back with arms locked out straight. Dive down and at angle so nose touches between hands. Push forward and raise head in a sweeping motion. Push back with hands to return to initial position.
  • Reverse pushups - Lay on back facing up with head between partner's legs. Grab their hands and pull up repeatedly.
  • Height pushups - Lay face down with legs towards partner. Partner hold legs up while extended. Perform pushups repeatedly.
  • Handstand pushups - Flip into handstand with back towards partner, while they lightly hold your legs. Perform pushups repeatedly.
  • Situps - Face each other laying on your backs with knees bent. Interlock feet with one pair inside and other other pair outside. Perform situps repeatedly.
  • Reverse situps - Lay on belly with feet slightly apart and toes curled under dug into mat. Lock fingers behind neck. Lift head as high as possible and repeat.
  • Hanging situps - Jump onto partner's hips and lock legs behind their back. Perform full situp motion while hanging without support using your hands.
  • Hanging climb - Jump onto partner's hips and lock legs behind their back and lock hands behind their neck. Climb around side staying as high as possible. Work around to back and then around other side staying above their knees. Finish at front starting position.
  • Leg pushes - Lay on back with head between partner's legs. Left legs vertically while keeping together with toes pointed. Partner repeatedly pushes hard against legs straight out and to alternate sides while you resist to prevent legs from touching the floor.

Tachi Waza Uchikomi Practice

Practice the following throws 100% with kuzushi (off-balance) and tsukuri (body position) but no kake (throw execution), in sets of 10 both sides.

  • Deashi Harai (Forward Foot Sweep)
  • O Goshi (Large Hip Throw)
  • Osoto Gari (Large Outer Reap)
  • Seoi Nage (Shoulder Throw)
  • Ouchi Gari (Large Inner Hook)
  • Ippon Seoi Nage (One Arm Shoulder Throw)
  • Sasae (Supporting Foot Lift-Pull Throw)

Other

  • Practice Uchikomis on your own using a bicycle tube as shown here.

Techniques

Ukemi (Breakfall techniques)

Read more about Falling Techniques in general, Understanding Ukemi, and The Study of Falling.

  • Ushiro Ukemi (Back fall)
  1. Start in a supine position (laying on your back). Tuck your chin by looking at your belt. Raise your knees so that both the heel and toes are flat and your feet are about shoulder width apart. Hold your arms straight out, 90 degrees from your body, and strike the mat with your palms at a 45 degree angle from your body. Return your arms to the beginning position.
  2. Start in the same position as #1 but with your head down. When you strike down, tuck your chin at the same time.
  3. Start in a sitting position. Your back is fully erect forming a 90 degree angle with your legs. Hands are over one another on the knot of you belt. Tuck your chin and roll onto your back while maintaining the angle between your back and legs until you legs are vertical. Roll back into a sitting position.
  4. Start in a sitting position. Your back is fully erect forming a 90 degree angle with your legs. Arms are straight out. Tuck your chin and roll onto your back while maintaining the angle between your back and legs and strike the mat with your palms at a 45 degree angle from your body.Your legs will be straight in the air and about shoulder width apart. Roll back into a sitting position and return your arms to the beginning position.
  5. Start in a squatting position. Arms are straight out. Tuck your chin and roll onto your back and hit the mat with your palms at a 45 degree angle from your body. Your legs will be straight in the air and about shoulder width apart. Roll back into a squatting position and returnyour arms to the beginning position.
  6. Start in a standing position. Squat down, tuck your chin, and roll onto your back and hit the mat with your palms at a 45 degree angle from your body. Your legs will be straight in the air and about shoulder width apart. Roll back into a squatting position, then stand and return your arms to the beginning position.
  • Yoko Ukemi (Side fall)
  1. Start by laying on your left side. Your chin is tucked by looking at your belt. Your left hand is out at 45 degree from your body. Your feet are about shoulder length apart. Your left leg is bent and is on the mat. Your right leg is bent to allow your heel and toes of your right foot to touch the mat at the same time. On a count, lift your legs up into the air and swith to the right position striking the mat with your right hand. Repeat going from the right side back to the left side.
  2. Start in a sqatting position. On a count, move your right leg out (stay in a sqatting position). Bring your left leg across the front of your body as you swing your left arm in the same direction. Fall onto your left side and strike the mat. Roll back into a squatting position by anchoring on your right foot and swinging your left leg back. Repeat falling to your right side.
  3. Start in a standing position. On a count, move your right leg out. Bring your left leg across the front of your body as you swing your left arm in the same direction. Fall onto your left side and strike the mat. Roll back into a squatting position by anchoring on your right foot and swinging your left leg back and stand. Repeat falling to your right side.
  • Mae Mawari Ukemi (Forward roll fall - also called Zenpo Kaiten Ukemi)
  1. Start with your left leg forward with the knee up at a 90 degree angle and your right knee is on the mat. Use your right hand for balance if needed by placing it next to your left foot (about shoulder width). Bend your left arm into a circular shape and place your fingers at your left toes. Raise your right leg and look over your right shoulder. Roll across your arm and land in Yoko Ukemi on your right side. Repeat falling to your left side.
  2. Start from a standing position and dive forward onto your left arm as it takes a circular shape. Roll along your left side while looking over your right shoulder and land in Yoko Ukemi on your right side. Alternatively you can roll directly back into a standing position. Repeat falling to your right side.
  • Mae Ukemi (Forward fall)
  1. tbd

Kuzushi (Unbalancing an opponent)

Read more about The Study of Kuzushi, Principles of Balance, and The Role of Unbalancing in Judo Class.

Formal practice for Kuzushi is as follows. Face your opponent and grab kumiuchi right side. Left hand on your opponents left sleeve and your right hand on his/her left lapel.

  1. Mae Kuzushi (Pull Uke forward)
  2. Ushiro Kuzushi (Push Uke backward)
  3. Migi Kuzushi (Step to Uke's right)
  4. Hidari Kuzushi (Switch hands and step to Uke's left)
  5. Migi Mae Sumi Kuzushi (Switch hands and step to Uke's right front corner)
  6. Hidari Mae Sumi Kuzushi (Switch hands and step to Uke's left front corner)
  7. Migi Ushiro Sumi Kuzushi (Switch hands and step to Uke's right backward corner)
  8. Hidari Ushiro Sumi Kuzushi (Switch hands and step to Uke's left backward corner)

Tai Sabaki (Whole body movement)

Read more about body movements.

  1. Migi Mae Sabaki (Right forward step)
  2. Hidari Mae Sabaki (Left forward step)
  3. Migi Ushiro Sabaki (Right backward step)
  4. Hidari Ushiro Sabaki (Left backward step)
  5. Migi Mae Mawari Sabaki (Right forward turn)
  6. Hidari Mae Mawari Sabaki (Left forward turn)

Shisei (Posture)

  • Shizen Tai (Natural Standing Posture)
    • Shizen Hontai (Basic Natural Standing Posture)
    • Migi Shizen Tai (Right Natural Standing Posture)
    • Hidari Shizen Tai (Left Natural Standing Posture)
  • Jigo Tai (Defensive Posture)
    • Jigo Hontai (Basic Defensive Posture)
    • Migi Jigo Tai (Right Defensive Posture)
    • Hidari Jigo Tai (Left Defensive Posture)

Rei (Bowing)

  • Ritsurei (Standing bow)
  1. Heels together and feet open.
  2. Fingers together and palms against front corner of thighs.
  3. Bow at the waist while looking at opponent's feet, slide hands down thighs.
  4. Step forward with left foot, then right into natural standing posture.
  5. Back away with right foot, then left.
  6. Heels together and feet open again with hands on thighs.
  • Zarei (Kneeling bow)
  1. Heels together and feet open.
  2. Fingers together and palms against front corner of thighs.
  3. Drop left knee, toes curled under.
  4. Drop right knee, toes curled under.
  5. Place left hand on thigh, then right hand.
  6. Flatten toes.
  7. Straighten belt, keep back straight.
  8. Place hands in front of each knee, hands turned slightly in but open, bow at waist while looking at spot halfway between you and partner.
  9. Return to straight seated position.
  10. Curl toes under.
  11. Lift right hand from thigh, then left hand.
  12. Rise with right knee.
  13. Rise with left knee.
  14. Heels together and feet open again with hands on thighs.

Nage Waza (Throwing techniques)

Tachi Waza (Standing techniques)

Te Waza (Hand throwing techniques)
Technique Translation Group Details Video More Pronounce
Ippon Seoi Nage One arm shoulder throw 7.19 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2, pj 1, 2 say
Kata Guruma Shoulder wheel 3.8 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 and 2, 3 say
Kibisu Gaeshi One-hand reversal 7.3 drawing, animation 1, 2 say
Morote Gari Two-hand reap 7.1 animation ji, sh 1, 2 say
Obi Otoshi Belt drop 6.1 animation 1, 2 say
Seoi Nage (Morote Seoi Nage) Two hand shoulder throw 1.8 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2 1, 2, 3 say
Seoi Otoshi Kneeling shoulder drop 6.2 drawing, animation ji 1, 2 say
Sukui Nage Scoop throw 4.4 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Sumi Otoshi Corner drop 5.7 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2, pj 1, 2 say
Tai Otoshi Body drop 2.6 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2, 3 say
Uki Otoshi Floating drop 4.8 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Yama Arashi Mountain storm 6.3 drawing, animation ji 1, 2 say
Koshi Waza (Hip throwing techniques)
Technique Translation Group Details Video More Pronounce
Hane Goshi Spring hip throw 3.5 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Harai Goshi Sweeping hip throw 2.7 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2, pj 1, 2 say
Koshi Guruma Hip wheel 2.3 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
O Goshi Full hip throw 1.6 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Sode Tsurikomi Goshi Sleeve lifting and pulling hip throw 7.18 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2, ji-3 1 say
Tsuri Goshi Lifting hip throw 3.2 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Tsurikomi Goshi Lifting and pulling hip throw 2.4 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2, 3 say
Uki Goshi Floating half-hip throw 1.4 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2, pj, sh 1 say
Ushiro Goshi Rear throw 5.5 drawing animation ji, pj 1 say
Utsuri Goshi Hip shift 4.5 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Ashi Waza (Foot throwing techniques)
Technique Translation Group Details Video More Pronounce
Ashi Guruma Leg wheel 3.4 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Deashi Harai Forward foot sweep 1.1 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Harai Tsurikomi Ashi Lift-pull foot sweep 3.6 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Hiza Guruma Knee wheel 1.2 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Kosoto Gake Minor outside hook 3.1 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Kosoto Gari Small outside reap 2.1 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Kouchi Gari Small inner reap 2.2 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
O Guruma Large wheel 4.6 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2, pj 1 say
Okuri Ashi Harai Foot sweep 2.5 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Osoto Gari Large outer reap 1.5 drawing, animation ji-1, ji-2, pj, yamashita-1, yamashita-2, yamashita-3 1, 2, 3 say
Osoto Guruma Big outer wheel 5.1 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Osoto Otoshi Big outer drop 6.4 drawing, animation sh 1 say
Ouchi Gaeshi Major inner reversal 7.8 animation 1, 2 say
Ouchi Gari Major inner reap 1.7 drawing, animation ji, pj, yamashita-1, yamashita-2, yamashita-3, yamashita-4 1, 2, 3 say
Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi Propping and drawing ankle throw 1.3 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Tsubame Gaeshi Swallow flight reversal 7.6 drawing, animation sh 1 say
Uchi Mata Inner-thigh reaping throw 2.8 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say

Sutemi Waza (Sacrifice techniques)

Ma Sutemi Waza (Front sacrifices)
Technique Translation Group Details Video More Pronounce
Hikikomi Gaeshi Pulling in reversal 6.6 animation 1
Sumi Gaeshi Corner reversal 4.1 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Tawara Gaeshi Rice bag reversal 6.7 drawing, animation 1 say
Tomoe Nage Circle throw 3.7 drawing, animation pj 1, 2 say
Ura Nage Rear throw 5.6 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Yoko Sutemi Waza (Side sacrifices)
Technique Translation Group Details Video More Pronounce
Daki Wakare High separation 6.5 animation 1 say
Hane Makikomi Springing wraparound 4.3 drawing, animation ji, pj 1
Harai Makikomi Hip sweep wraparound 7.16 animation sh 1 say
Osoto Makikomi Big outer wraparound 7.14 drawing 1 say
Soto Makikomi Outer wraparound 4.7 drawing, animation ji, pj, sh 1, 2 say
Tani Otoshi Valley drop 4.2 drawing, animation ji, pj 1, 2 say
Uchi Makikomi Inner wraparound 6.8 animation 1 say
Uchi Mata Makikomi Inner thigh wraparound 7.17 drawing sh 1 say
Uki Waza Floating drop 5.2 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Yoko Gake Side hook 5.8 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Yoko Guruma Side wheel 5.4 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Yoko Otoshi Side drop 3.3 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say
Yoko Wakare Side separation 5.3 drawing, animation ji, pj 1 say

Katame Waza (Grappling techniques)

Not to be confused with Ne Waza (mat techniques) as some of these are performed standing.

Osaekomi Waza (Pins or matholds)

Read more about pins here.

Technique Translation Details Video More Pronounce
Kami Shiho Gatame Upper four quarter hold drawing 1 1 say
Kata Gatame Shoulder hold drawing 1 say
Kesa Gatame Scarf hold drawing 1 1 say
Kuzure Kami Shiho Gatame Broken upper four quarter hold drawing 1 say
Kuzure Kesa Gatame Broken scarf hold drawing 1 1 say
Kuzure Tate Shiho Gatame Broken lengthwise four quarter hold drawing 1
Mune Gatame Chest hold drawing 1
Makura Kesa Gatame Pillow scarf hold drawing 1
Tate Shiho Gatame Horizontal four quarter hold drawing 1 1 say
Yoko Shiho Gatame Side four quarter hold drawing 1 1 say

Shime Waza (Chokes or strangles)

Read more about chokes here.

Technique Translation Details Video More Pronounce
Do Jime Trunk strangle Prohibited technique 1 say
Gyaku Juji Jime Reverse cross strangle drawing 1 say
Hadaka Jime Naked strangle drawing 1 say
Jigoku Jime Hell strangle drawing
Kagato Jime drawing
Kata Ha Jime Single wing strangle drawing 1, 2 say
Kata Juji Jime Half cross strangle drawing 1 say
Kata Te Jime One-hand strangle drawing 1 say
Koshi Jime Hip strangle drawing 1
Morote Jime drawing
Nami Juji Jime Normal cross strangle drawing 1 say
Okuri Eri Jime Sliding lapel strangle drawing 1 say
Ryo Te Jime drawing 1 say
Sankaku Jime Triangular strangle drawing 1 say
Sode Guruma Jime Sleeve wheel strangle drawing 1 say
Tsukkomi Jime drawing 1 say
Yoko Sankaku Jime drawing

Kansetsu Waza (Joint locks)

Read more about joint locks here.

Technique Translation Details Video More Pronounce
Ashi Garami Leg entanglement Prohibited technique, drawing 1
Ude Garami Arm entanglement or "figure-four" key lock 1, 2 say
Ude Hishigi Ashi Gatame Side-lying arm bar 1
Ude Hishigi Hara Gatame Side-extended arm bar, lower stomach against opponent's elbow drawing 1
Ude Hishigi Hiza Gatame Knee arm bar drawing 1 say
Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame Back-lying perpendicular arm bar 1, 2 say
Ude Hishigi Sankaku Gatame Triangular strangle, using the legs 1
Ude Hishigi Te Gatame drawing 1
Ude Hishigi Ude Gatame drawing 1 1 say
Ude Hishigi Waki Gatame drawing 1 say

Kata

Lots of articles on Kata here.

Nage no Kata (Forms of Throwing)

Full description here and guidelines here.

  1. Te Waza (Hand Techniques)
    1. Uki Otoshi (Floating Drop)
    2. Seoi Nage (Shoulder Throw)
    3. Kata Guruma (Shoulder Wheel)
  2. Koshi Waza (Hip Techniques)
    1. Uki Goshi (Floating Hip)
    2. Harai Goshi (Sweeping Hip)
    3. Tsuri Komi Goshi (Lifting Pulling Hip)
  3. Ashi Waza (Foot Techniques)
    1. Okuri Ashi Harai (Double Foot Sweep)
    2. Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi (Lifting Pulling Foot Block)
    3. Uchi Mata (Inner Thigh Throw)
  4. Ma Sutemi Waza (Rear Sacrifice Techniques)
    1. Tomoe Nage (Stomach or Circle Throw)
    2. Ura Nage (Back Throw)
    3. Sumi Gaeshi (Corner Throw)
  5. Yoko Sutemi Waza (Side Sacrifice Techniques)
    1. Yoko Gake (Side Hook)
    2. Yoko Guruma (Side Wheel)
    3. Uki Waza (Floating Throw)

Katame no Kata (Forms of Grappling or Holding)

Full description here and video here.

  1. Beginning Movements
  2. Katame Waza (pins or holding techniques)
    1. Opening
    2. Kesa Gatame (scarf hold)
    3. Kata Gatame (shoulder hold)
    4. Kami Shiho Gatame (upper 4 quarter hold)
    5. Yoko Shiho Gatame (side 4 quarter hold)
    6. Kuzure Kami Shiho Gatame (modified upper quarter hold)
  3. Shime Waza (choking techniques)
    1. Opening
    2. Kata Juji Jime (half cross choke)
    3. Hadaka Jime (naked choke)
    4. Okuri Eri Jime (sliding collar choke)
    5. Kataha Jime (single wing choke)
    6. Gyaku Juji Jime (reverse cross choke)
  4. Kansetsu Waza (joint locks)
    1. Opening
    2. Ude Hishigi Ude Garame (bent arm armlock)
    3. Ude Hishigi Juji Gatame (upper cross arm armlock)
    4. Ude Hishigi Ude Gatame (straight arm armlock)
    5. Hiza Gatame (knee armlock)
    6. Ashi Garami (entangled leglock)
  5. Closing Movements

Kime no Kata (Forms of Decision)

Full description here.

Kodokan Goshin Jutsu (Forms of Self-Defense)

Full description here.

Ju no Kata (Forms of Gentleness)

Full description here.

Itsutsu no Kata (Forms of Five)

Full description here.

Koshiki no Kata (Antique Forms)

Full description here.

Seiryoku Zenyo Kokumin Taiiku no Kata (National Physical Education Form)

Full description here.

Randori

Shiai (Competition)

Articles

Weight classes

I compete in the men's 81kg category.

Men:

Weight class name Upper limit in lb Equivalent in kg
Extra Lightweight 132.0 lb 60 kg
Half Lightweight 145.2 lb 66 kg
Lightweight 160.6 lb 73 kg
Half Middleweight 178.2 lb 81 kg
Middleweight 198.0 lb 90 kg
Half Heavyweight 220.0 lb 100 kg
Heavyweight 220.0+ lb 100+ kg

Women:

Weight class name Upper limit in lb Equivalent in kg
Extra Lightweight 105.6 lb 48 kg
Half Lightweight 114.4 lb 52 kg
Lightweight 125.4 lb 57 kg
Half Middleweight 138.6 lb 63 kg
Middleweight 154.0 lb 70 kg
Half Heavyweight 171.6 lb 78 kg
Heavyweight 171.6+ lb 78+ kg

Events

You can see the full Hokka Judo event schedule here. There's another interesting event listing here. See what events I've done in David's Judo log.

Misc

Language

You can find lots more words and pronunciations as well.

Counting from 1 to 10:

  1. Ichi (pronounce)
  2. Ni (pronounce)
  3. San (pronounce)
  4. Shi (pronounce)
  5. Go (pronounce)
  6. Roku (pronounce)
  7. Shichi (pronounce)
  8. Hachi (pronounce)
  9. Kyu (pronounce)
  10. Ju (pronounce)

Additional words:

  • Mae (forward)
  • Ushiro (backward)
  • Yoko (side)
  • Migi (right)
  • Hidari (left)
  • Tori (thrower)
  • Uke (opponent)
  • Matte (stop)
  • Yoshi (go)
  • Hajime (start)
  • Hikite (pulling hand)
  • Tsurite (lifting hand)
  • Tsukuri (entry into technique)
  • Kake (completion of technique)
  • Kumikata (gripping methods)

Ranks

  • Nice video of technique to tie your belt in a locking knot here.
Color English Japanese
White 6th grade Rokyu
Green 5th grade Gokyu
Blue 4th grade Yonkyu
Brown 3rd grade Sankyu
Brown 2nd grade Nikyu
Brown 1st grade Ikkyu
Black 1st degree Shodan
Black 2nd degree Nidan
Black 3rd degree Sandan
Black 4th degree Yodan
Black 5th degree Godan
Red-White 6th degree Rokudan
Red-White 7th degree Shichidan
Red-White 8th degree Hachidan
Red 9th degree Kudan
Red 10th degree Judan

Books

Videos

Quotes

Get inspired with these words of wisdom about Judo.