Judo Kime-no-kata

Forms of Decision

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"Applying techniques of throwing and grappling to which body attack techniques are added, Kime no Kata is formulated to aim to acquire the most basic and effective way of defending ourselves from unexpected attack of others. Kime no Kata is composed of 8 techniques applicable by kneeling posture, and 12 techniques by standing posture. The practice of Kime no Kata aims to study not only the principle of defense and counterattack but also the principle of manipulative body movement. In the practice of Kime no Kata, tori and uke should breathe in good harmony with each other, and further, tori has to work his body manipulatively without laying himself open to to an attack of uke." Kata of Kodokan Judo Revised, 1968

Kime no Kata, also known earlier as Shinken Shobu no Kata (Combat Forms), was developed as a Kodokan kata around 1888.

Idori (kneeling techniques)Sumiyuki Kotani, 10th dan, performing hadaka jime in Kime no Kata

Against unarmed attacks

Against armed attacks

Tachiai (standing techniques)

Against unarmed attacksSumiyuki Kotani, 10th dan performing waki gatame in Kime no Kata

Against armed attacks


Vital attack points used in Kime no Kata are:

  • Uto (between the eyes)
  • Kasumi (the temple)
  • Sui-getsu (the solar plexus)
  • Tsurigane (groin)
  • Shitsu-kansetsu or Hiza-kansetsu (the knee-joint)
  • Kachikake (the chin)
Basic Judo techniques used in Kime no Kata are:
  • O-soto-gari
  • Uki-goshi
  • Seoi-nage
  • Hara-gatame
  • Waki-gatame
  • Kata-gatame
  • Hadaka-jime
  • Kataha-jime
  • Okuri-eri-jime
  • Various atemi-waza

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"Kata, which is the systematic formulation of the most fundamental principles of throw, grapple, and body-attack, can prevent us from falling in our self-taught Judo. It may be said that all other throwing techniques and grappling techniques are only the modifications of those fundamental techniques of kata." -- Sumiyuki Kotani, 10th dan