The 5 Steps For A Successful Ochi-Gari Takedown

The Ochi-Gari is a great takedown to practice that isn’t to hard on your training partner.  I had a great time doing it last night at class.  Here is a video demonstrating it (Sorry, I had my thumb over the mic).

Ochi-Gari Takedown

I’ve been doing some posts on throws and takedowns because I think it is a weak point in my own game and in most BJJ training.  Some of the posts were:  "Throw, Throw, Throw, again", "Review of Judo Throws and Takedown Books for Jiu-Jitsu", and "Should I Learn Judo To Excel In Jiu-Jitsu".  Here are the 5 steps as I see them in a successful Ochi-Gari.

  1. Grip.  You don’t want to burn your grip.  Even with good Judo hook grips I noticed that at the end of class my hands were shaking.  I hope it isn’t to noticeable in the video after I get it under control.  Think about control without muscle.
  2. Step In.  The first foot should step in but not between the opponents legs.  It should be centered on his body.  The behind step then should move you to flush with your opponent.
  3. Sweep.  The sweep is called a "reap".  It refers to reaping grain.  It is a smooth semi-circle.  It isn’t a chopping motion.  It isn’t placed inside the leg and then hooked.  It reaps in and takes the leg out.  Yes, you can then lift or hook the leg if needed to finish it.
  4. Twist.  The twist using the arms moves his balance.  You want to dictate where his balance is.  If you don’t twist as you sweep, the Ochi-Gari’s effectiveness is greatly reduced.
  5. Capitalize.  The takedown isn’t over until you have the dominate position.  Have a submission or position in mind you are prepared to take after the sweep.

I hope this is helpful.  It helped me memorize this technique by posting it. Thank you to Chris and Miles for being the movie stars of this post.

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