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Shiho-nage (four-quarters throw)

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A series of four throws ‘on four sides’ or ‘quarters’. They involve locking up the attacker’s wrist and using the arm as a bar to lock the arm as well.

Depending on which ‘quarter’ you enter afterwards, you can either gently take the attacker behind himself, force him to somersault to prevent his tendons from being snapped or entirely break the arm with no opportunity for him to leap out of it.

Although it's called a throw, strictly speaking, it isn’t since the attacker’s balance isn’t taken: he or she chooses to leap to prevent his arm or wrist from being snapped.

Since it involves control of the wrist, shiho-nage is very useful against weapon attacks and in particular, knife attacks.

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