Hiza-Guruma is known in English as the “Knee Wheel.” In Japanese, hiza means knee and guruma means wheel.

How to throw with Hiza-Guruma

1. Break uke’s balance. Step to the side and pull sharply on the sleeve to make uke take a step forwards.
2. Block uke’s movement. Use the sole of your foot to block uke’s knee just below the knee.
3. Keep the momentum going, pulling uke over his blocked knee, in a smooth, circular movement.

Hiza-Guruma Combinations

When you are looking to combine this throw with others, consider the circular movement. Either use renraku-waza, to continue the circular movement, or renzoku-waza to attack in the opposite direction.

Hiza-Guruma into Harai-Goshi.

This combination is a continuation of the the circular movement. Use your first attack to break uke’s balance so they begin to fall into the circular movement. Now spin in for a Harai-Goshi.

Hiza-Guruma into Osoto-Gari.

An all time classic. Use this switch of direction. You are looking for uke to block your first attack. Allow their weight to return to their other leg, and use this imbalance to chase with a Osoto-Gari.

Osoto-Gari into Hiza-Guruma.

Like most combinations, this duo also works in reverse. This time use the Osoto-Gari to get the reaction. As uke blocks the Osoto, use the reaction to switch back to the ashi-waza.

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