Top 10 Popular Judo Techniques in Korea
Without question, Korea is one of the most recognized countries in Judo. Both North and South Korea have a rich history in this grappling sport. With Korea’s moderate geographical size and population, the constant production of world-class talent makes it impossible to not enjoy exposure to high-level training. Here are the top 10 popular judo techniques in Korea. Fellow judokas out there, we will refer to the attacker and defender as we commonly known as tori (attacker) and uke (defender).
O Goshi: Major Hip Throw
Tori’s right arm goes around uke’s waist. Tori turns and steps across uke’s body while pulling them onto their back. Tori’s right hip will block uke’s right hip fully. Tori then rolls uke over their hip and onto their back. Think very basic hip toss.
Harai Goshi: Sweeping Hip Throw
Tori pulls uke to them and places the back of their right leg across uke’s right leg. Tori’s right hip is also across uke’s right hip. Tori sweeps their leg back in a reaping or “cutting” motion taking out uke’s legs from beneath them and they land on their back.
Seoi Nage: Shoulder Throw
This is a basic, standard shoulder throw like in the movies. Tori pulls uke onto their right shoulder by pulling their right sleeve. Simultaneously, tori turns around so their back is facing uke. Tori’s right hip blocks uke’s right hip. Tori then lifts uke off the ground with their shoulder and throws them onto their back.