13 Techniques…

…of which I am espe­cial­ly fond.

Thursday Thirteen
Thir­teen Things about Patrick Johan­neson

    Tachi-waza, or stand­ing techniques
  1. Hane-goshi, or the “Spring­ing Hip Throw”. Fast, and effi­cient, and you don’t have to turn your back to your opponent.
  2. De-ashi-barai, “Advanc­ing Foot Sweep”. There’s a sub­tle trick­ery to this one that appeals to me, a sub­vert­ing of expec­ta­tions when it’s done in the kata style.
  3. Ko-soto-gake, “Small Out­side Hook”. Again, you don’t have to turn your back to your oppo­nent; just hook his sup­port­ing foot and dri­ve him back, off-bal­anc­ing him to his rear corner.
  4. Harai-goshi, the “Sweep­ing Hip Throw”, where you’re not so much throw­ing with the leg reap, as allow­ing your oppo­nent to piv­ot over your extend­ed leg. Very grace­ful, when done right.
  5. O‑so­to-gari, “Major Out­er Reap”. Put your oppo­nen­t’s weight on one foot. Then dis­place that foot from the ground. With your leg. This is usu­al­ly the first reap­ing throw that you’ll learn in judo.
  6. Sasae-tsuriko­mi-ashi, the “Lift­ing-pulling ankle block”. One of my all-time favourites, espe­cial­ly to enter into a com­bi­na­tion throw. I have a weird dyslex­ic-ambidex­trous twist on this throw: no mat­ter which grip I have, I like to attack the left foot. So when I’ve got a right-hand­ed grip, I’ll pull the lapel, and with a left-hand­ed grip, I’ll pull the sleeve.
  7. Tomoe-nage, the “Cir­cle Throw”, also known as the John Wayne throw (since it’s appar­ent­ly in most of his movies) or the mon­key throw (not sure why, but it seems right).
  8. Yoko-guru­ma, or “Side Wheel”. I’m not the best at this one–I need a lot of practice–but when it’s done right, boy does it look slick. Plus it’s appar­ent­ly an effec­tive way to get out of a headlock.
  9. Katame-waza, or Grap­pling Techniques

  10. Jigoku-jime, known col­lo­qui­al­ly at our club as the “Hell Stran­gle”. It’s very effec­tive; if you can get it on, your oppo­nent will tap out or pass out.
  11. Sode-guru­ma-jime, the “Sleeve Wheel stran­gle”. To be hon­est, I first learned this one because I thought the name was cool. But it’s very effec­tive, and you can sneak it on with­out arous­ing too much sus­pi­cion before it’s too late.
  12. Ude-gara­mi, the “Arm coil”. There are var­i­ous ways your can do it, but they all have the effect of mak­ing your oppo­nen­t’s shoul­der very uncomfortable.
  13. Sankaku-jime, the “Tri­an­gle Stran­gle”, so named because you’re stran­gling your oppo­nent with the tri­an­gle formed by your bent legs.
  14. Oth­er Techniques

  15. The tech­nique of Dra­mat­ic Irony: Judo’s name, trans­lat­ed, means “The gen­tle way”.

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3 thoughts on “13 Techniques…

  1. It is won­der­ful to hear you paint the pic­tures about Judo that I try also to paint for peo­ple. I think you may be bet­ter at it. It is also inter­est­ing to find out that I have many dif­fer­ent pref­er­ences than you. But I knew that…

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