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What makes seoi-nage a hand technique instead of a hip technique? Is there something fundamentally different about it that separates it from hip techniques like o-goshi and koshi guruma?

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After thinking about it, the answer might be really obvious. Seoi-nage can be translated as shoulder throw or back carry. Instead of loading uke on the hips, tori loads uke onto his back. Since the hip isn't used in this action, it is not a hip technique.

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