Grappling and Defensive Moves in Judo

Currently Chief Operations Manager at Vucina Construction, Ryan Vucina is a former student athlete who was recruited by three colleges to play football. Ryan Vucina also practices judo and was ranked nationally.

Judo is a Japanese martial art that improves posture, balance, and reflexes. This combat sport teaches individuals to control opponents’ movements. Practitioners can achieve this control by utilizing various grappling techniques. Also known as Katame-waza, grappling maneuvers are used when both fighters are on the ground. Among the most effective moves are elbow locks and twists. These moves cause the most pain, which leaves an opponent vulnerable. The most common elbow locks are the entangled, cross, and straight arm locks.

People who find themselves on the defensive should never lay flat on their back or stomach. To regain control, a person can use their hips and continue moving in an attempt to keep their opponent off balance, increasing the likelihood of escape. Likewise, keeping control of one of the opponents’ wrists is important to avoid being placed in a hold or choke.