Morote Seoi Nage

Two Handed Shoulder Throw

Please allow time for the graphics to load, this is an animated sequence  
BACKClub NewsInstructorsAims of JudoJudo Info.I want to join in!Future EventsWhere?Privacy PolicyHOME


Jessica demonstrates a 'text book' throw as she breaks Uki's balance, turns in one smooth movement and takes her opponent straight over the top for a fast powerful decisive throw.  Of particular import is the correct positioning of her right arm so that the 'elbow to hand' is horizontal with the hand inline with the arm.  This is a common error with most Judoka's in that they bend the hand back which leaves the wrist bearing the brunt of the weight.  By screwing the hand into the Judogi one can keep it straight and thereby bear the weight onto the forearm.

Below you can see the same sequence as still photographs for more detailed analysis.


Combination from Advancing Foot Sweep to Shoulder Throw

In this clip one can see Jessica 'feint' with an Advancing Foot Sweep which her opponent responds to by withdrawing her foot (her left).  This has the consequence of momentarily putting her off-balance and before she can correct this Jessica seizes the opportunity and turns in for her signature throw.

This is a very successful move for Jessica but works as a result of the time and effort expended in Uchi Komi (turning in and out practice) as well as fine tuning in Randori.

It is of course possible that the foot sweep may work as a throw in its own right and as such, the feint must be 'real'.  If the foot is not removed, the opponent is thrown with the foot sweep, but if it is, then the shoulder throw comes into play.  The key is in the timing.

As a further development, if the opponent responds quickly enough to correct her balance and thereby block the shoulder throw, it is almost certain that she will be off-balance to the rear and in that event, Jessica would immediately switch to O Uchi Gari.

Through this routine (and the others that precede and succeed, one develops the concept of 'continuous attack' in the expectation that however good ones opponent is, sooner or later they will be caught out if ones technique is good enough.

For these reasons it is also important to enter Judo with a good 'spirit' where one is not afraid of losing, because in each event, win or lose, there is something to learn and to take forward.



Is the Morete Seoi Nage specialist within our club. She frequently uses this technique in contest usually scoring Ippon in the process. Demonstrating great timing, she takes advantage of the opponent breaking their own balance as they advance onto her and slips in underneath, taking them over for a very dramatic throw.

The key defence to use against Jessica is to be shorter than her. This makes it far harder for her to drop underneath her opponents shoulders. However, we do not recomend drastic surgery to the legs just to win competitions.