Performing Katame-no-kata (2013)


  • In Nage-no-kata the elements of kuzushi (unbalancing), tsukuri (fitting your body to uki) and kake (execution, ) are demonstrated. Similarly in performing  katame-no-kata, kuzushi and tsukuri must be shown, but in katame the execution is known as kime.

  • As with all Kata’s  different senseis may teach slightly different forms within the kata.  It is beneficial to practise all variations,  work out for your self what difference it makes if a different form of  technique is used BUT if you are intending to demonstrate the kata  it is important (polite and politic) to do some research and perform your kata as the grading Sensei prefers.
  • Tori’s posture should at all times look strong and controlled.

  • Tori should avoid kneel on two knees as  this is a weak posture.

  • During kata uki may rest her /his head on the tatami but it should be raised as tori comes in for her /his attack.

  • Uki is not a passive puppet; s/he must appear to be an active participant in this kata.

  • Uki must show clear submission signal (mairi) before tori releases control




Rei if stepping onto the mat

  • Come to 2 mat lengths apart, turn and tachi-rei to joseki, Tori has joseki on her L-Hand side.

  • Face each other and Kneel, za-rei to each other.

  • Uki takes one pace forward before lowering her self onto her back with left knee slightly raised, whilst tori stands and walks round to uki’s L- side, her back is to joseki.

To finish

  • Having stood up both retreat to 2 mats apart,  kneel, kyoshi (open) as tidy their gi’s

  • Kneeling rei to each other.

  • Stand turn to face joseki and tachi-rei

  • If leaving tatami, walk to edge and rei ‘off the mat’.


Kuzure Kesa-gatame

Tori should show changes of leg position to maintain balance against uki’s attempts to escape.

Uki must use whole body and show use of grip on tori’s gi when attempting to escape

Kata-gatameTori clasps own hands not uki’s jacket
Kami-shiho-gatameTori has legs out, apart
Yoko- shiho-gatameTori uses L grip on belt to feed it into R hand between legsTori has right leg straight, front left leg is bent.
Kuzure-Kami-shiho-gatameEnters as for kami, but drops onto R-knee at 45
Tori has  right leg staight, L leg bent
  • Tori backs off  one pace, and takes up kyoshi (open), as uki sits and turns to face tori coming into kyoshi (open) as both adjust gi.

  • Pause and adjust breathing. Both close.

  • Tori retreats two steps as uki returns to prone position.

Shime-waza – uki should show attempt to break strangle before it is applied.

Kata-juji-jimeTori moves uki’s arm out of wayTori’s forehead should end up resting on matHeels tucked under uki’s legs
Hadaka-jimeUki sits up as tori stands upTori’s r knee should make contact with uki’s R shoulder blade, tori’s shoulder supports uki’s neckTori  takes small step back to rock uki backwards to break balance.
Okuri-eri-jimeL hand feeds under armpitR knee to side of uki, so can sit backUnbalance uki to right rear corner
Kata-ha-jimeTori is more upright for this chokeRotates uki more to right and rear to apply choke
Gyaku- juji-jime

Tori moves uki’s arm out of way, does not circle round head

Uki bridges as pushes uki’s elbows in circular motion (one up, one down)Uki succeeds in rolling tori onto back when tori reapplies strangle
  • Assisted by Uki both roll back and tori dismounts from Uki.Tori backs off  one pace, and kyoshi’s then backs off 2, kyoshi before standing and walking to commencing position. S/he kneels, kyoshi steps in two and waits in Kyoshi (open)
  •  as uki sits and turns to face tori coming into kyoshi (open) as both adjust gi.
  • Pause and adjust breathing. Both close.
  • Tori retreats two steps as uki returns to prone position.

Kansetsu-waza – uki should show attacking move before attempting to resist lock as it is applied.

Ude-garameTori moves uki’s R arm out of wayUki attacks with Left to tori’s shoulderget in close
Juji-gatameLeft leg should circle round uki’s head not step across neck.
Ude-gatameTori moves uki’s R arm out of wayUki attacks with L to tori’s R shoulder. Tori’s R hand is higher than her L.Tori’s right knee kneels on uki as turns to face uki’s head.
Hiza-gatameUki on both knees.Tori grips under arm pit NOT taking lapelTori place R foot  against uki’s L knee.As twists uki onto grounduki’s hips are trapped and controlled by tori’s feet.

Both stand in R shizenhontei.

Tori attempts R tomoenage,

uki steps to regain balance and tries to lift tori off matTori swings deeper under uki and entangles uki’s leg. Pushing other leg away.

Both stand.

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