Yellow belt (gokyu) syllabus

December 5th, 2016 | Posted by judo in Beginner | Class summary | News - (0 Comments)

Nage Waza (Throwing Techniques)
O GoshiMajor hip throw
Koshi gurumaHip wheel
O soto gariMajor outer reap
O uchi GariMajor inner reap
Ippon Seoi NageOne “arm” shoulder(ing) throw

Osaekomi Waza (Hold Down Techniques)
Hon kesa gatame – Basic “scarf” hold
Yoko shiho gatameSide four quarters hold
Kami shiho gatameUpper four quarters hold
Tate shiho gatameLongitudinal four quarters hold
Kata gatame – Shoulder hold

Shime Waza (Strangulation Techniques)
Hadaka JimeNaked strangle

Kansetsu Waza (Joint Locking Techniques)
Ude Hishigi Juji GatameCross arm lock

Unofficial practices, September 2016

September 6th, 2016 | Posted by judo in News - (0 Comments)

Hello everyone,

If you’ve just gotten back on campus, we have a practice tonight from 7-9 PM, as well as Thursday 7-9 PM and Saturday 12-2 PM until the official start of classes (Sept. 20th). Please remember to register for classes either online at or in person at the Hub.


Bring in the new year with judo!

January 1st, 2016 | Posted by judo in News - (0 Comments)

Happy New Year!

Be advised that we will have open workouts starting tomorrow (Jan. 2nd) until the official start of classes on Jan 19th. Please remember to register for the classes! The schedule for the workouts is as follows:

Saturday Jan. 2nd : 12-2 PM
Tuesday Jan. 5th : 7-9 PM
Thursday Jan. 7th : 7-9 PM
Saturday Jan. 9th : 12-2 PM
Tuesday Jan. 12th : 7-9 PM
Thursday Jan. 14th : 7-9 PM
Saturday Jan. 16th : 12-2 PM

Come out and burn off some of that holiday cheer!

— UofT Judo

December – additional practices

December 17th, 2014 | Posted by judo in News - (0 Comments)
There will be additional workouts scheduled between now and January 20th (the official start of the next term). The schedule is as follows:
Thursday Dec.18 – 7-9 PM
Saturday Dec. 20 – 12-2 PM
Saturday Jan. 3 – 12-2 PM
Tuesday Jan. 6 – 6:30-8 PM
Thursday Jan. 8 – 7-9 PM
Saturday Jan. 10 – 12-2 PM
Tuesday Jan. 13 – 6:30-8 PM
Thursday Jan. 15 – 7-9 PM
Saturday Jan. 17 – 12 –2 PM
Otherwise, happy holidays and stay frosty!

November – important news items

November 11th, 2014 | Posted by judo in News - (0 Comments)
Dear members,
There are several important items in this post, and it is highly recommended that you read them.
1. Class Scheduling Survey
2. Annual General Meeting (Nov. 15)
3. Joint workout (Nov. 15)
4. Ajax Budokan Annual Shiai (competition, Nov. 22)

1. Class Scheduling Survey
The club executive is planning to consult with Hart House to see if a different class schedule would be both feasible and attractive to club members. This move is borne out from the observation that many club members may have conflicts of classes or other commitments with the current setup of Tues/Sat (Intermediate) and Thurs (Advanced), and consequently do not join for a semester.
Such conflicts are certainly not ideal for continuity of training and development of judo skill and knowledge. Therefore, we have come up with several options for alternative class scheduling, which are not necessarily mutually exclusive. We would like your input through a survey. Please fill it out! It will help us figure out what you collectively would prefer, and give us a clear mandate to approach Hart House and negotiate a more attractive class schedule.
Status quo – nothing changes from the current setup of Tues/Sat (Intermediate) and Thurs (Advanced); members who would like to practice 3 times a week simply join both the Intermediate and Advanced classes.
2 classes/week option – members would have the option of choosing between different classes. For example, Intermediate class “A” would be Tues/Sat, and Intermediate class “B” would be Thurs/Sat.
3 classes/week option – members would have access to 3 classes per week, potentially at a lower price than the status quo @ 3 classes/week.

2. Annual General Meeting (Nov. 15)
The club is mandated by its constitution as well as Ulife and the UTSU to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to vote on the club constitution (pdf) and elect the club executive. This AGM will occur on Saturday November 15th, from 3-5 PM, after the joint workout (see below item 3). It will be held within Hart House, in the 2nd floor South Dining Room. Please consider coming out! We would love to see engagement of members both on the mat and off. Club business aside, it’s an excellent opportunity to chat with other members over hot delicious pizza. There will also be vegetarian pizza, and we can certainly try to accommodate specific dietary requests—please email
Following the AGM, there may or may not be post-AGM drinks in a nearby bar. Moreover, there may or may not be a UFC 180 viewing party. Stay tuned for details!

3. Joint workout (Nov. 15)
There will be a joint workout between the Beginner and Intermediate classes on Saturday November 15th, from 12 to 2:30 PM. As always, don’t be a square and arrive late—arrive early and help put down the mats!
4. Ajax Budokan Annual Shiai (competition, Nov. 22)
Members who are interested in attending the Ajax competition should register soon. This tends to be one of the bigger competitions in terms of turnout and field of skill. Furthermore, there will definitely be some sort of carpooling option for members who are interested in participating in a competition, but lack transportation to Ajax. Please note that only yellow belts and higher, who are registered members of Judo Ontario, may compete. Again, stay tuned for more details!
— UofT Judo

Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Two additional sacrifice techniques (sutemi-waza), tomoe nage (whirling throw) and sumi gaeshi (corner reversal), were demonstrated.

The characteristic difference emphasized in class between tomoe nage and sumi gaeshi, besides leg placement, is the distance at which the techniques are performed. Namely, sumi gaeshi requires close contact whereas tomoe nage has modest separation between tori and uke.

Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Two sacrifice techniques (sutemi-waza) were demonstrated: tani otoshi (valley drop) and kani basami (crab pinch). These colourful names, which are different from the normal boring judo nomenclature, are typical of throws either preserved or reintroduced from traditional jujutsu styles. It’s worth noting, however, that kani basami is illegal in competition and is typically not used in randori to avoid knee injuries.

Nage-waza (throwing technique):

uh, yum.

A wraparound version of ko-uchi gari, the minor inner reap, was demonstrated. Unofficially, it is often also called ko-uchi makikomi because of the similarity of its wraparound action to throws such as soto-makikomi, o-soto makikomi, etc. As an aside, a good mnemonic to remember the meaning of “makikomi” is the “maki” root, which refers to rolls and comes up on sushi menus.

Because this variation of ko-uchi gari is done as a sacrifice technique (sutemi-waza), it can be a very powerful technique because it requires full commitment of balance in order to throw uke. Indeed, it was a favoured technique of Toshihiko Koga, a celebrated judoka, and complemented Koga’s predilection for ippon seoi nage, the one-arm shouldering throw. Entry into ko-uchi makikomi from ippon seoi nage was also demonstrated. Because this is a sacrifice technique, a hip-blocking stiff-arm counter combined with evasion was also demonstrated.

Ne-waza (ground technique):

Several armlocks were reviewed:

Ude-hishigi ude gatame – the arm-assisted armlock

Ude-hishigi translates as armlock, while ude means arm and gatame means hold.

Ude-hishigi juji gatame – the cross armlock.

A good mnemonic is the root of “juji” or “ju“, which refers to the written character for ten (十). That is, the body positions of tori and uke form something that looks like 十, hence an idiomatic translation is the cross armlock. One will also encounter juji in juji jime, the cross choke.

Ude-hishigi ashi gatame – the leg-assisted armlock

Ashi, like in de-ashi barai or okuri ashi barai, means leg.

Ude-hishigi waki gatame – the armpit armlock

Waki means armpit, and a good mnemonic is that it can come out of nowhere and whack you. Or that it’s wacky, your choice!

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily be identical or capture all that was taught in class.

Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Yasuhiro Yamashita – the scary kind-faced man

O-uchi gari (major inner reap) into uchi mata (inner thigh) was demonstrated. A good video of Yasuhiro Yamashita, 4-time gold medallist at the World Championships and Olympic gold medallist (and purportedly undefeated in competition), is shown below with him demonstrating the combination. In this video, Yamashita emphasises the hand motion particularly in the sleeve grip (hiki te, pulling hand) in forcing uke‘s head down. This complements the leg action of uchi mata because uke‘s head position inversely follows his/her leg position, like a see-saw.

Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily be identical or capture all that was taught in class.

Nage-waza (throwing technique):

Hiza guruma (knee wheel) into tai otoshi (body drop).

Ne-waza (ground technique):

Turtle turnovers, using skirt-to-hand traps, into pins (osaekomi waza) and ude garami (entangled armlock).

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