Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sacrifice throws

Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life. Do not be concerned with escaping safely — lay your life before him. (Bruce Lee)

Giving up the idea of having to remain standing and throw an ippon makes a judoka very powerful! In the beginning, and in normal practice, sacrifice throws are un-necessary and probably even detrimental to your judo. Normally we practice under additional constraints, such as making tori show control by ending the throw standing upright and supporting uke as he falls.
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These additional constraints make judo more difficult to do and lead to greater skill in tori. But when these constraints come off… When you can give up the idea of throwing with control from a standing position and know that you will probably still survive intact…

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