The latest Judo News offered by

Uta Abe's Sode Uchi mata

21 Aug 2020 09:35

 Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy    Christian Fidler

Yesterday we wrote about the standard uchi mata forms, but Uta Abe is well-known for her uchimata and her sode-tsurikomi-goshi. And sometimes, she combines both of them to do a hybrid sode-uchimata which is rather unique. Oon Yeoh describes the details.

This technique usually happens when she is in  a fierce gripping battle and her opponent is holding on tightly to her  right sleeve.

If she is convinced her opponent is not going to  let go, she rips into a low uchimata, pulling her right arm over. Uke,  who is still holding on tightly to the sleeve, inadvertently allows  herself to be pulled over because of the grip she is maintaining.

Although in the picture above, it might look  dangerously like a waki-gatame, in reality, this movement doesn't ever  come close to a waki-gatame as Abe doesn't trap uke's left arm. She just  pulls it forward and downward to facilitate the uchimata.

It's very effective but only because uke is holding on so tightly to Abe's  right sleeve. And uke is doing so because she is trying to prevent a  sode-tsurikomi-goshi. So, the key to making this technique work is  having a strong sode in the first place. Without it, uke might not hold  on so strongly, and this technique would then no longer work.

This  innovation seems to be unique to Uta Abe as I have not seen any other  player do this on a regular basis. Her brother, Hifumi Abe, does sode as  well but not uchimata and he does not do this hybrid variation. 

Subscribe to JudoCrazy's Patreon website

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Uta Abe (JPN), Brillith Gamarra Carbajal (PER) - Grand Slam Osaka (2019, JPN) - © IJF Marina Mayorova, International Judo Federation
  • Uta Abe (JPN), Gili Cohen (ISR) - Grand Slam Düsseldorf (2020, GER) - © Christian Fidler
  • Uta Abe (JPN) - Grand Slam Düsseldorf (2020, GER) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Japan Judo Federation announces draft Olympic team

27 Feb 2020 10:25

The All Japan Judo Federation announced for most categories the selection for the team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The host nation picked a 12-member team including reigning men’s U73kg Olympic champion Shohei Ono and back-to-back women’s U52kg world champion Uta Abe. Read more


Abe Uta avenges Osaka loss to Buchard

21 Feb 2020 19:35

World champion Abe Uta extended her one-sided head-to-head record over her nearest rival and world number one Amandine Buchard (FRA) to 5-1 in a reverse of their last meeting at the Osaka Grand Slam in November. Read more


Shohei Ono leads top team of Japan in Düsseldorf

20 Feb 2020 14:40

Olympic and reigning world champion Ono Shohei (U73kg) leads an 11-strong Japanese team in action at the second Grand Slam of the season this weekend in Düsseldorf. Three-time world champion Ono, who will be chasing a record fifth Düsseldorf title, starts his 2020 season on Saturday at the ISS Dome. Read more


The Dream matches of the year

24 Dec 2019 19:05

Joshiro Maruyama won the Worlds at his first attempt and in doing so secured a monumental win over defending world champion Abe Hifumi at the semi-final stage. It turned out to be one of the best fights of the year. Read more


Uta Abe close to nomination for the Olympic Games

18 Nov 2019 13:50

The final Grand Slam of the season sees a return to the sport’s homeland and Osaka. Abe Uta, Sone and Maruyama are on the verge of Tokyo 2020 selection. World champions Abe Uta (-52kg), Sone Akira (+78kg) and Maruyama Joshiro (-66kg) will seal selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics if they win gold at the Osaka Grand Slam. Read more

First description

Judo birthday

Result City Date
2Düsseldorf21 Feb
Result City Date
1Düsseldorf21 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description