My favorite hip technique is koshiguruma because the version that I throw most does not require as much turn-in as any of the other hip throws so I can get into position and pull the trigger pretty quickly as compared to any of the other hip throws.
At Mokuren Dojo, we have always scheduled rank advancement demonstrations (embu) to occur any time 1-2 students would become ready to advance. We're going to continue to provide excellent, individualized instruction, but we're going to start doing a slightly different thing with rank embu. .
Starting immediately, we will be having quarterly ranking embu during March, June, September, and December. Specific dates will be announced the month before, at which time, any student who feels ready can sign up to do the rank embu.
Embu are formal events. In order to attend a rank test embu, each ranking student will need to wear a clean, proper judo gi and will need to be current on their monthly dues. Check out this article about how to do a nice-looking embu. If you need additional coaching on this, schedule some extra class time with sensei.
The first and foremost school of Judo in Japan, Kodokan, sprang from two ancient schools of jujutsu - Kito Ryu and Tenjin Shinyo Ryu. These ancient forms were largely kata arts because it was thought to be too dangerous to utilize the techniques of the art in free-practice, randori, or sparring. .
The kata of Kito and Tenjin Shinyo filtered down into their offspring, Kodokan Judo, and supplemented by a handful of new kata, became the official seven forms of Judo. .
But over the years other masters have put together various kata that have had some marginal use in the Judo world. .
Here are perhaps the most popular ten of the many kata of Judo.
Nagenokata (The Forms of Throwing)
Katamenokata (The Forms of Holding)
Kimenokata (The forms of Decision)
Kodokan Goshin Jutsu (Self-Defense Practices) by a committee led by Kenji Tomiki
Junokata (Forms of Gentleness)
Koshikinokata (Ancient Forms) derived from Kitoryu
Itsutsunokata (Five forms) derived from Tenjin Shinyo Ryu
Nagewaza Ura no Kata A.K.A. Gonosen no Kata (Forms of Counter-throwing) by Kyuzo Mifune
Gonokata (Forms of Hardness) an abandoned essay by Jigoro Kano
Nanatsu no Kata (Seven Forms - A.K.A. Form of Waves) by Tokio Hirano
Kosotogari is not only difficult to find competition film of, but it is also nearly indistinguishable from deashibarai when conditions are not perfect. It seems like my students and I must use it a lot more than most folks because it makes a great backup plan when deashibarai goes bad.