Definition of tomoe-nage in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɒməʊeɪˈnaɡeɪ/ /təˌməʊɪˈnaɡi/


Martial Arts
  • A throw in which the thrower falls on to his or her back, pulling the opponent forward, and, with a foot placed on the stomach, hurls the opponent over his or her head.

    The throw is part of the original judo syllabus of 1895.


Early 20th century. From Japanese tomoe nage from tomoe circular symbol with a swirling pattern (early 12th century as tomo-we, denoting a timber quality mark; from tomo archer's circular wrist-shield + we picture) + nage throw, so called on account of the shape made by the bodies of the judoka during the throw (observed from the side); sometimes translated as ‘circle throw’.