Developing Skill at Judo Throws

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Aug. 06, 2020

Whether you are watching the Olympics or an MMA PPV, you probably have wished to see a cool Judo throw in about. Judo throws can be quite spectacular, and that makes them a sight to behold on the part of spectators. And, of course, it can also be a worthy pursuit to be able to develop a high level of skills with judo throws. Whether you wish to do so for sportive pursuits, self-defense, or personal development, the potential to enhance your skills at these throws can be appealing. That is why you really need to be focused on the basics in order to be effective.

Why should the basics be important? They provide the foundation for all intermediate and advanced performances. And by this, no one is inferring that intermediate and advanced skills entail more techniques or different throws. No, the upper-level stages of Judo should always entail performing all the basic moves in combinations and performed well.

Remember, the main basic Judo throws that you learn as a white belt are the same throws you would perform as a black belt. The main difference would rest in your ability to deliver them with a higher degree of effectiveness. This is why your focus should always be on the basic primary moves of the top Judo throws used in competition.

The most basic throws are the O-Goshi, Osoto-Gari, Seoi-Nage, and Uchimata. Yes, there are many more throws that are found in the arsenal of judo. The judo throws listed here are pretty much the prime basic ones that are used with the most frequency in competition to great success. Investing the bulk of your training time with these particular throws is well advised.

When you first learn these throws, you want to do so why practicing them on a non-resisting opponent. Some may wonder what the value would be in performing these throws against someone that was not resisting. The value would be that you would be able to perform the throws with the proper technique and attention to detail. This way, you could work out any bugs in your performance of the throws in order to maximize your effectiveness with them.

You would then want to move onto performing the judo throws with a partner that is giving light resistance. This way, you can see what the common resistance to throws will be and then adjust your performance accordingly. You may notice that your execution of the judo throws becomes a little sloppy at this point but that is fine. The purpose here is to learn the proper way to perform the throws. You are not competing.

Judo sparring would be the next phase to enter. This is also not a form of competition and some may find that a surprising statement. In reality, sparring is about developing skills so you are not out there to win but to improve. It is within sparring sessions that you can effectively learn how to perform Judo throws with a high level of skill. Hence, a lot of sparring is recommended.