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Soto Makikomi – Outer Winding

Soto Makikomi – Outer Winding


Soto Makikomi is one of the traditional forty throws of Judo as developed by Jigoro Kano. It belongs to the fourth group, Yonkyo, of the traditional throwing list, Gokyo, of Kodokan Judo. It is also part of the current 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo.

Soto Makikomi – Outer Winding In Action


From a right natural posture (migi shizentai), using a strong tsurikomi, break Uke’s balance to his right front corner (migi mae sumi). In order to save his balance Uke may step forward on his right foot and plan to follow with his left. As the weight of his body is about to settle on his right foot – and Uke prepares to advance his left – this is the proper moment to apply Soto Makikomi as Uke is committed to his action.


Quickly turn your body to your left bringing your left foot to your rear, and extending your right leg along the outside edge of Uke’s right foot. The toes and ball of your foot should be on the mat with your position resembling that of a sprinter preparing to take off. (Placement is also similar to Tai Otoshi, but placing your leg along side of Uke’s right leg and not across the front.)

Simultaneously let go your right-hand grip on Uke’s lapel and swing your arm high over Uke’s outstretch right arm. It is critical that your left hand pull Uke’s right sleeve strongly across your chest as you turn to your left allowing Uke no space between you. As your right arm swings, it will cause Uke to be wrapped tightly around your right side causing Uke to become pinned head, right shoulder or right arm under your right arm.


As your wrapping motion tightens and Uke is pulled closer to you, straighten out your right leg (which has been bent this entire time) along the mat. This will pull Uke’s feet off of the mat and onto your back. Continue your turning motion to the left landing on your right side. Uke’s right arm should be pinned below you on the mat.


Soto Makikomi – Outer Winding Demo

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