In class we will concentrate on the 10 hand-throws in our system, explore some of the principles that they embody, and finding connections to other techniques and especially to self-defence applications.
Hand throw #2: Uki otoshi
Note that while in the Kodokan's gokyo the shoulder and hand throws are considered a single grouping, in the Kawaishi classification the shoulder throws are split off as a separate group, leaving ten hand throws:
- Tai otoshi (Body drop): A handy take-down method for self-defence. Adding pain compliance makes it very effective. Note: The version that we do doesn't put the leg across.
- Uki otoshi (Floating drop): Almost like a half-sutemi, wherein tori drops to a knee rather than the back or side.
- Kuki nage (Minor floating throw): Performed as a combination technique
- Hiji otoshi (Elbow drop): Includes an arm-lock
- Mochiage otoshi (Lifting drop): A very useful technique for use in groundwork
- Sukui nage (Scooping throw)
- Sumi otoshi (Corner drop): Another effective self-defence takedown method
- Obi otoshi (Belt drop)
- Kata ashi dori (Single leg drop)
- Ryo ashi dori (Double leg drop): Similar to the double-leg takedown beloved by the BJJ-ers
Most of these throws are challenging to pull off in competition, since most offer limited connection to the partner: Feel and timing become all-important. Switch to self-defence though, add a little pain compliance, and it's a different story.
Practicing the hand throws instills effective body movements which are highly applicable to self-defence.