Atemi-waza in Judo

Atemi-waza in Judo

Atemi is constructed of the words ate, which means strike or blow, and mi, which means body. Thus atemi-waza are techniques with wich you strike the body. They are commonly referred as strikes or blows to the body’s vital points, but does not necessarily have to be directed to them.

Atemi-waza is only practised in Kata, and is included in Kime no Kata, Kodokan Goshin-jutsu, Ju no Kata (although in a very slow manner), and Zeiryoku-zenyo kokumin-taiiku.

The atemi-waza of Judo is said to have been drawn from Tenjin Shinyo-ryu.

Atemi-waza with your arm

Atemi with your elbow:

Technique Description
Ushiro-ate Rear strike

Atemi with the outside of your hand:

Technique Description
Kirioroshi Downward cut
Naname-uchi Slanting strike

Atemi with your fist:

Naname-ate Front crossing blow
Yoko-ate Side blow
Kami-ate upward blow
Tsuki-age Uppercut
Shimo-tsuki downward blow
Ushiro-tsuki Rear blow
Ushiro-sumi-tsuki Rear-corner blow
Tsukkake Straight strike
Yoko-uchi Side blow
Ushiro-uchi Rear blow
Uchioroshi Downward strike

Atemi with your fingertip(s):

Technique Description
Tsukidashi Stomach punch
Ryogan-tsuki Strike to both eyes

Atemi-waza with your leg

Atemi with your heel:

Technique Description
Ushiro-geri Backward kick
Yoko-geri Side kick

Atemi with the ball of your foot:

Technique Description
Naname-geri Front crossing kick
Taka-geri High front kick
mae-geri Front kick

Atemi with your knee:

Technique Description
Mae-ate Front kick with knee