Yoko Guruma A Surprising CounterYoko Guruma is not a competition throw right? It's only any good for Randori and Kata, right? Well no! It's actually a very good competition throw and common in top-level contests.
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It's because the traditional version has you landing on your back to execute it and we all know that if your back is the first to hit the ground the score goes against you. But you don't have to do it that way.
You can see a competition variation in the first video below. Note how the thrower's (Tori) back never touches the ground. You can apply this technique to a number of different sacrifice throws but I think that there is little doubt that Yoko Guruma lends itself to it the most.