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Yoko Guruma – Side Wheel

Yoko Guruma – Side Wheel

Yoko Guruma, is one of the original 40 throws of judo as developed by Jigoro Kano. It belongs to the fifth group, Gokyo, of the traditional throwing list, Gokyo, of Kodokan Judo. It is also part of the current 67 throws of Kodokan Judo. It is classified as a side sacrifice technique, Yoko-sutemi.

Yoko Guruma – Side Wheel Demo

Yoko Guruma KUZUSHI

From a right defensive posture (migi jigotai), presuming that Uke is being overly defensive so that Tomoe Nage is not a useful technique, you’re going take the element of surprise and throw Uke. To off balance Uke, you will need to shove Uke backward several times forcefully and maybe even fake a few rear attacks to get Uke to lean forward even more.


As the moment when you force Uke to the rear and he pushes back, hop in with your right foot stepping deep between Uke’s legs and your left foot to the outside of Uke’s right foot. With your left and, grab around the right side of Uke to about where his belt is in the back. You will need to thrust your hips forward so that you are stomach to stomach with Uke but you are leaning backwards.

In order to prevent from having Uke land on you, you will need to left Uke slightly from the mat as you arch over your left shoulder. Once Uke is in motion, use your left hand to pull Uke strongly to your left while your right hand drives his lapel out and away from your body. It is necessary to have space between you and Uke less you end up on the bottom and the score is awarded to Uke.


As you roll toward your left, pull Uke strongly over your outstretched left leg. You will rock from your left but to your left side as Uke is thrown over your leg. Make certain that you continue the throw to the point where Uke is on his back on the mat and you are not on your stomach still maintaining control. If not, the Referee may aware the points to Uke for the technique.

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