Go no Kata


The Go no Kata is believed to be one of the oldest kata in Kodokan Judo and is the
complementary kata to the Ju no Kata(go meaning hardness and ju meaning softness).
The original Go-no-kata is now lost to some degree in that it was never properly
written down and also in that it is seldom taught or practised today – even at the Kodokan.
The most noted teacher of the Go no Kata is a Japanese Sensei (Sensei Toshiyasu Ochiai)
who regularly performs and teaches the kata at a machi dojo in Tokyo.
Attempts to find teachers for this kata outside Japan is generally a futile exercise.
In recent years other teachers have developed and demonstrated their own
Go-no-Kata to illustrate the principles of hardness, however generally there is little
commonality between these kata and the original Kodokan form.
The Go-no-Kata consists of ten techniques, as follows:
· Seoi Nage (Shoulder Throw)
· Ushiro-goshi (Back Hip Throw)
· Sukuinage (Scooping Throw)
· Hidari Seoi Nage (Left Shoulder Throw)
· Uki-goshi (Floating Hip Throw)
· Hadaka-jime / Koshi-kudaki (Naked Lock / Hip Crush)
· Tobi-goshi / Uki-goshi (Jumping Hip Throw / Floating Hip Throw)
· Osoto-otoshi (Large Outer Drop)
· Ushiro-goshi (Back Hip Throw)
· Kata-guruma (ShoulderWheel)

This Description was written by Dr. Llyr Jones
Member, MAIF International Advisory Board
Member, International Traditional Kodokan Judo Standards Committee