Nage Waza

Shotokan karate is not classed as a grappling art like Judo or Jiu Jitsu, however hidden within kata are judo throws, which makes sense since Karate and Judo originate from the same place.

Once a student reaches a certain grade, they will be taught how to correctly sweep an opponent and the various ways in which you can do this, followed by the different ways you can effectively throw an opponent.

We start off with the basic throws and build up to the more complex throws, the first three basic throws taught are all Judo throws. Tai Otoshi, meaning body drop. Ippon Seoi Nage, meaning one arm shoulder throw and O Soto Gari, meaning major outside sweep. These throws can be seen within the first five Heian katas.

Once these basic Judo throws have been taught, we then move on to teach the 9 karate throws of Gichin Funakoshi, and these throws once practiced to a sufficient level can then be applied to Ippon Kumite.

 

The 9 throws of Gichin Funakoshi

Other Karate throws taught include

Judo Throws