You learn something new every day (II)

Part I (almost entirely unrelated).

Somehow I’ve managed to go my entire judo career — 17+ years — without trying to use Silvio’s famous1 hip-throw grip (ie, grabbing the gi at the hip, just above the belt) to perform hane-goshi2, which is my favourite hip throw, if not my favourite judo technique3 bar none.

Hane-goshi

Tonight I tried it, and the world, suddenly, was my oyster. At least as far as hane-goshi was concerned.

My judo friends will know what I’m talking about. (Especially the ones that knew Silvio. Have a drink in his memory tonight, if you’re so inclined. I intend to.)


  1. Or infamous. 
  2. “Springing hip” throw. 
  3. ie, tokui waza