The Techniques of Sumo

In sumo, there are 82 kimarite, or match winning techniques and 5 non-techniques or way to lose, all defined by Japan Sumo Association. You can learn the most frequently used techniques with videos.


Katasukashi/ Under shoulder swing down

Okuridashi/ Rear push out

Tsuridashi/ Frontal lift out

Okuri-tsuridashi/ Rear lift out

Tsuriotoshi/ Frontal lifting body slam

Okuri-tsuriotoshi/ Rear lifting body slam

Kawazugake/ Hooking backward counter-throw

Chongake/ Pulling heel hook

Kakenage/ Hooking inner thigh throw

Nichonage/ Body drop throw

Kubinage/ Head lock throw

Kekaeshi/ Minor inner foot sweep

Komatasukui/ Over thigh scooping body drop

Ketaguri/ Pulling inside ankle sweep

Kirikaeshi/ Twisting backward knee trip

Sotogake/ Outside leg trip

Uchigake/ Inside leg trip

Hatakikomi/ Slap down

Hikiotoshi/ Hand pull down

Tsukiotoshi/ Thrust down

Shitatedashinage/ Pulling underarm throw

Uwatedashinage/ Pulling over armthrow

Sukuinage/ Beltless armthrow

Kotenage/ Arm lock throw

Shitatenage/ Underarm throw

Uwatenage/ Over arm throw

Abisetaoshi/ Backward force down

Yoritaoshi/ Frontal crush out

Yorikiri/ Frontal force out

Oshitaoshi/ Frontal push down

Oshidashi/ Frontal push out

Tsukitaoshi/ Frontal thrust down

Tsukidashi / Frontal thrust out