Uchi Mata Is My NemesisThe only time I was ever able to pull Uchi Mata off in competition was often more by accident than on purpose.
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The fact is, as you can see from the video, that there are two main ways to throw with Uchi Mata:
- With your leg higher than your head or at least heading that way.
- Mounting Uke on your hip, lifting your leg as high as you can between their legs whilst they are mounted and twisting.
I have seen players that are real masters of this throw and I have seen plenty that are masters only in practice. But I have no idea how to turn the latter into the former.
That all those who try to teach it as a wrong leg version, that is where you sweep the same side leg as your throwing leg, are actually teaching Hane Goshi. It has to be because the kushi is the same.