Your Questions About Martial Arts Styles

Laura asks…

Judo throws?

Just wondering, how much strength does it take to throw someone in judo…eg..uchi mata..i know people say that its very easy if u know how to…but is it really that easy?
to all the judokas out there, was it hard for you to throw someone when you were a white belt?

Joe Kun answers:

A proper Judo throw (nage waza) uses a minimum amount of strength.

Breaking balance is essential to good Judo. Ju-do uses ‚balance‘ while Ju-jutsu uses ‚leverage‘.

There are three parts to any Judo throw: Kuzushi (breaking balance); Tsukuri (entry); and Kake (the execution).

From a static position (just standing there) it takes a bit of strength to push or pull the guy off balance; but in a dynamic situation like free fighting (randori) you time it so you catch the guy off balance then BANG hit him hard with your throwing technique.


Take the time to examine several of these video clips demonstrating good Judo throwing technique.

Notice the guy must move or push his opponent around to get him ‚off balance‘. You cannot throw any body in the world if he is not off balance.

Sandra asks…

What are the best Judo throws without a Gi and set ups?

I’ve found that throwing someone without a Gi is difficult when you are accustom to using the Gi. It isn’t an easy transition. What Judo throws work the best without a Gi?

Joe Kun answers:

Ipon seonegi is perfect for it is a one arm throw and you would only need to grab your opponants wrist. Do it as a drop throw and it is more effective for competition. Also any of the Ogoshi (hip throws) because you will often find yourself in a clinch with your opponant and as long as you have their arms tied up you can turn in and throw them. Harai ogoshi, Tai otoshi, uchi mata all very effective without a gi. Also Osoto Gari would work well and it is the first throw tought to white belts. I’d even try the Makikomi throws as they are all one armed throws and you would only need to control your oppoants right wrist with your left hand and your right hand doesn’t hold onto anything. If you don’t know them as some dojos don’t like to teach them as they are potentialy dangerous. They are similar to ipon but your arm goes over theirs rather than under and you go down on top of them. There are 3 or 4 techniques of this style of throw. Oh and don’t forget Kata Garuma which is a firemans carry in wrestling.

13 years of Judo training

Michael asks…

What are the best judo throws for self defence?

What judo throws are best for self defence and suited to be used by a tall individual?
Obviously some throws lend themselves more to no Gi than others.

Joe Kun answers:

I advise the simple hip throw. Easy to do, hard to counter, doesn’t matter if the other guy has a shirt of not, and very effective on cement.

Charles asks…

What is the world record of judo throws completed in one hour?


Joe Kun answers:

Check with ‚Guinness’…

Richard asks…

What is your favorite Judo throw (takedown for non judoka) and what other throws work with it?

What is your favorite Judo throw (takedown for non judoka) and what other throws work with it?

For example I like Osoto Gari and if I’m not going to land it I try to switch tai otoshi. I find that if my osoto gari doesn’t work I’m position for tai otoshi.

Joe Kun answers:

I haven’t taken judo but I’ve learned the basic use of the shoulder throw and neck throw.
I like both throws because they leave some awesome openings immediately after you do them.
Shoulder throw, and the arm is already not happy. Then you do an armbar- Yea…. That’ll hurt. 😛
I love doing combos like that.

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