Friday, July 03, 2009

Helpful handful: Ogoshi - the major hip throw

Our older kids in judo have gotten into hip throws.  Above is a good example of the basic form of ogoshi - the large hip throw.  Notice the main parts:
  • 3-step entry for tori (the thrower).  1) Right leg turns inward in front of uke's right foot, 2) left foot steps behind to face the direction of the throw, and 3) right leg adjusts to face the direction of the throw.
  • Tori wants to enter this throw with his feet close together and between ukes' feet.  If your feet are wide, you prevent your own throw.
  • I call this thing the "crack of the butt throw" because the correct positioning for tori's hips places his buttcrack on uke's right thigh - low - toward the knee.  Also, the correct fulcrum for this thing is the top of your buttcrack, near your tailbone - not the side of your hip
  • To throw, tori bends forward, straightens his knees, and turns to look behind himself toward uke's feet.
  • Uke must not cling to tori.  If you do, you will pull tori down on top of you and you'll be sorry.  Slide over tori's back onto the ground just like in our oozing exercise.  When you land, make sure you are on your side, that you arm slapped beside you insted of getting under you, and that your feet are separated.
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282
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