Nage Waza

what is nage waza?

Nage Waza are throwing techniques or takedowns.

Nage = Throw

Waza = Technique

In Wado, there are many Kumite that IMPLY Nagewaza, without actually throwing.

This one for example...

It's the last move of Kumite Gata #10, ending in a position where the opponent needs a lot of musclar effort to stay in the postion.

My posture is 100% stable, while he is totally compromised.

It would take little effort to take him down... 

So how does it work?


In Judo, they teach a takedown or Nagewaza in 3 steps

  1. Kuzushi
  2. Tsukuri
  3. Nage (in Judo "Kake")

Kuzushi is to destabilise the opponent. It does not have to be off-balance though...

It must be a position where the opponent is busy to keep his balance. And while you keep him in such a state from your strong line, it's easy to take him down. 

Tsukuri is the term used in Judo to 'position' the opponent on say "the edge of Kuzushi" while posiitoning himself for the planned Nage waza.

In Karate, taking the opponent down is not the primary goal—not in the way it's emphasised in Judo. It means we may use a little Kuzushi, just enough to create the opportunity to strike hard as the opponent deals with his state of Kuzushi.

Nage (or Kake in Judo) is the actual throw. The execution.

I used "Nage" on the whiteboard as it was a Wado seminar and I don't pretend to explain the way how it's taught in Judo. What is important is HOW the throw is excuted through full manipulation.

Your Nage Waza fails when:

  • You're not operating from your strong line, or you're not attacking your opponents weak line.
  • Your positioning and trajectory of movement is off allowing (or causing) your opponent to escape or resist.
  • You didn't setup your throw properly —generally meaning you move in and "get ready" without "getting the opponent ready" for the throw (i.e. no Kuzushi/Tsukuri)

Do you want to prevent your throw from failing?

Or worse: getting countered and ending up on the ground yourself...

Study (and practise) the Mini Series "Nailinig Nagewaza" ⤵️

the mini series
nailing nagewaza

December 2018, our trip to the UK was a bit different from the usual.  We had a private session with Richard Ford Sensei. During our training and Karate talk he said: "You have to start somewhere". 

That's spot on. And exactly why I designed this Ippon Kumite: So you can internalise the underlying principle through physical training.

This Mini Series has 3 videos:

  1. The ideal Ippon Kumite for proper Nage Waza
  2. The finer points of Nage Waza (how to make it work even if your opponent resists).
  3. The underlying principle

Play the first video to improve your throwing techniques.

the ideal ippon kumite for proper nage waza

finer points of nage waza (how to make it work)

the underlying principle

various nage waza

Karate contains a lot of takedowns — and especially Wado due to it's Jujutsu lineage. The takedowns are effective as well as fun to know and practise...BUT:

How do you get in the position and distance to actually make it happen?

The key of any Uke Waza or "block" is to setup the next movement. Having said that, without the proper positioning it's still difficult to do the next movement. 

The variety of these techniques will show you ⬇️

uchi harai uke with takedown

soto harai uke with takedown

omote kuzushi nage

ura kuzushi nage

atemi to nage waza

kuzushi nage dori

irimi nage

tsuki uke to kuzushi nage dori

sode dori

nagashizuki to meotode nage


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