Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Judo Throw Variation from the Clinch

Takedowns without a gi are slightly different to ones with a gi. By being able to grip certain places on ones jacket or trousers, there are much more ways in which a person can be taken down.

One of the best examples of a throw in which a gi comes in more than handy is sasae tsurikomi ashi.

It is a throw in which a strong pull is needed in order to take the opponent off balance and because of this, it is used mostly with a gi where this kind of pull can be achieved. However, with a slight alteration in grips, this can be one of the best kind of throws for anyone involved in no gi combat sports and is great for MMA fighters to include in there arsenal.

Since a gi is not worn and a pull of the clothing can not be achieved, the next best grip to have or possibly, an even better grip, in order to perform the technique is the half clinch. (picture on the right) Although the throw can be achieved via a full clinch (where both hands are behind the opponents head), the half clinch is best to use for this throw as it enables one to secure there opponents arm when they go down, which would allow for more options when on the ground.

To perform the throw, looking at the picture, the fighter on the left, from this position would simply move his opponent in a clockwise motion in order to break his balance while simultaneously blocking his opponents left ankle with his right foot. (As in the sasae tsurikomi ashi fashion) Using his hands, again in a simultaneous fashion, he would push his opponents head sideways with his left arm and pull strongly on his opponents arm, just inside the crook of the elbow, to take down his opponent.

When performing the Judo version with the gi, it is common for the person performing the throw to let go of there opponents gi with one arm and to hold them with just one, however it is important when performing this no gi variation, to not let go of the opponents arm or back of the head until they are on the floor. This is so you can maintain control of them and it is easier to move into positions such as knee onto belly, side mount of even an arm bar.

As mentioned, the throw can be performed from the full clinch position, but it is harder to control your opponent once they are on the floor and even more importantly, it is much harder to control your own balance. It is very easy to fall or be pulled down by your opponent with a full clinch, whereas by having only one arm tied up as in the half clinch one is able to control there own balance much better, as well as there opponents movements.

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