It has been a while since we had Takedown Tuesday. We went over Osoto-Gari and I think the other was called Oshi-Gari. It involved grabbing around the waist and stepping in for the throw over the hip. I couldn’t find it on YouTube so I’m not sure I have named it correctly.
After some instruction they showed me the Tomoe-Nage to Arm Bar that I have in the videos. After throwing a guy a few time with the same throw he should get wise to it. This looks like you are going for the throw but instead you get the arm bar. Very sick!
During the lesson, two points were brought up. First of all if you have your arms over-under on your opponent he also has it on you. This means you can’t muck around, once you have the position you have to capitalize on it quickly or your opponent might.
The second point was foot placement. You step over to the opposite foot. You don’t need to make a large sweeping step. If you step to far you will be off balance and your opponent will easily throw you onto your back.
Getting into a clinch and working for dominate position by pommelling (working to get under the opponents arm with yours) is common. I think someone who gets proficient with the O-Goshi might find they get to use it quite often. It severs well in both gi and nogi of course which makes it a excellent takedown for you arsenal.
For the "Magic Moment" this week Chris shared with us a sweet Arm Bar that works well in confined, compact, or smaller spaces. I especially like how it gives you control of your opponent even before you put the arm bar on. I tried to use it on Blake when we rolled after. He of course knew what I was attempting and blocked me. Even though I was unable to finish the submission I could easily keep the collar and arm to try something else. Yes, that is me in the black Vulkan (which I will be doing a review on this week). Chris also demonstrates how after a failed Arm Bar you can then go for a Omoplata. I’ve been learning that it is always good to have a back up plan. For those of you more experienced BJJ practitioners this is old news and for the newer like myself its the frontier. I’m learning to string together multiple submissions in order to guarantee success.
Here is a takedown-to-leg-lock we also went over:
Takedown To Leg Lock Part 1
Takedown To Leg Lock Part 2
I didn’t have as much success on this but I did learn something. You need to choose your takedown in accordance with the size of your opponent. I’m 6’2", and this isn’t very practical on someone a foot shorter then me.
The Tomoe-Nage I feel really embodies Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ should be nearly effortless, I think. A well executed technique uses physics in your favor with little expenditure of energy on your part. The dropping of your weight is one of the main forces at work in the Tomoe-Nage. It is combined with the twisting motion as you go down to position your opponent onto your leg. As the momentum continues with your guidance the throw feels very natural and powerful. I also felt a lot of control with it. I could throw into mount or into a arm bar. The Tomoe-Nage has become my favorite throw. As shown in the video above there are variations to it. Its versatile and I plan on adding it to my throw/takedown arsenal in all its many forms.