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Moto waza - Basic techniques

As Waza is understood in judo and other martial arts as the technique itself. Technique groups are named e.g. Ashi waza (Foot/leg techniques), Jime waza (Choking techniques), and so on.

The term Moto waza is not a fixed term in martial arts. It is composed out of the kanji for waza; techniques and ability and moto; in the sense of foundation, base, Fundament. So fundamental or basic techniques within the totality of Judo (Martial Arts) techniques. The techniques which are classified here as the basic techniques of judo, do not have to be complete.

In my opinion not only the purely sporting aspects have to be considered in the fundamentals of each judoka. Also The mental and ceremonial techniques have to be noted. Each Judoka whether active or passive should know the old established traditions and note them with respect. Many of the "passive" techniques are historically recorded and are an integral part of judo techniques. They help and support the judoka on his way (Do) not just in sporting perspective, but also on his way through life. These techniques, whether to carry out the welcome (Rei) and even the nature of an effective, traditional training (Keiko), are firmly to the principle of Judo Ji ta kyo ai (thrive together, living in harmony) rooted. Unfortunately today there are especially these traditional values of Judo are missing during the training.

The second part of the basic techniques describes the purely "active" techniques, which each judoka has to learn in order to successfully carry out the main techniques (Nage-, Katame waza, etc.) or also in sporting competition to gain success and victory. Here is first the learning to fall (Ukemi waza) it is followed by other bases, such as gripping techniques (Kumi kata), body postures (Shisei) and -movements (Shintai). To the understanding of each throwing technique (Nage waza) or even on the way to successful competitors, it is essential to know the throwing phases of each throwing technique and ultimately implement.
These "active" Fundamentals are assign to the judo principle of Sei Ryoku zen yo (Optimal use of force)

It can be of the opinion that the principles shown here have lacks at the one or the other technique or category. This should represent only the attempt of the essential techniques that help the judoka on its way (Do) to find the right way and to facilitate the implementation of the judo sport.

"The important thing is not to be better than everyone else.
Important is to be better than you were yesterday!"

Jigoro Kano