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Tsurikomi-Goshi - Lifting Pulling Hip Throw - The Legend

Tsurikomi-Goshi. The Lifting Pulling Hip Throw and The Legend

Legend has it that Professor Kano developed Tsuri-Komi-Goshi to stop Saigo Shiro from defeating his Harai-Goshi by Propping to block the throw. For this reason his original version of it (although variations it would seem are allowed) is still preserved in Nege-No_Kata to this day.

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The story goes that Saigo Shiro would stand up and go ridgid in order to avoid being thrown by Sensei Kano with Uki-Goshi. Sensei Kano defeted this propping movement by moving forward a bit and executing Tsuri-Komo-Goshi.

Tsuri-Komi-Goshi Setup (Tsukuri)

I have discussed Tsuri-Komi-Goshi before, however, this throw brings a lot of groans whenever students are asked to practice it. It therefore seemed apropreate to clarify something that will help in its execution... the setup (Tsukuri).

All throws have Tsukuri but in some throws the Tsukuri is more critical than others and this is one of them. Where most, if not all Judoka are having problems is that, as Tori, they are not lifting Uke onto their toes before they turn in. Then when Tori enters the throw they must maintain Uke on thier toes to generate Kusushi. (Fig.1)

Image of Tori having turned in, keeping Uke on his toes thus demonstrating Kusushi as he executes Tsuri-Komi-Goshi
(Fig.1) The Kusushi of Tsuri-Komi-Goshi

You can't do this maintainance unless you have enough space between you and Uke to be able to turn in. The hip in Tsuri Komi Goshi must be as far in front of both of Uke's legs as you can, without losing control. If you don't have enough space you will let Uke drop as you turn in and it is in the letting of Uke settle back down onto their heals that ends up frustraing students as the you can't do the throw effectively once the Tsukuri is lost.

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Tsuri-Komi-Goshi Breaking of Balance (Kusushi)

You can see the impotance of the correct Kusushi in this video on balance. The ridgid nature of the poll image is a perfect way of visulising how Uke has stood up and stiffened in order to avoid being thrown with Uki-Goshi.

It's All in The Name of The Throw

It's all in the name of the throw. Many Judo throws are named by the person who developed them or they come from older Samurai traditions and so instead of pracital names that describe the movements in the throw, they have decorative or artistic names. Tsuri-Komi-Goshi is not one of those throws. 

The name itself describes exactly the action you have to do in order to carry out this throw. You need to "Lift" and maintian that "Lift" as you "Pull" Uke onto your "Hip". Keeping this in mind will dramatically improve your ability to prform this Tsuri-Komi-Goshi.

Tsurikomi-Goshi Variations

Note that in the second Mercury video, towards the end, there is a version that is very similar to Tsuri-Goshi it should be noted that this is one occation where the difference between the throws, that is the difference between the Kusushi of the throws, is in the names of the throws. Tsuri-Goshi is a "Lifting Hip Throw" whereas Tsuri-Komi_Goshi is a Lifting Pulling Hip Throw.

A Useful Koshi Guruma Like Variation

This is quite a simple but effective variation. All that changes is that Tori (you), performs Tskuri and Kusushi but then you put your hip through as far as you can similar to Koshi Guruma. In fact some of the most successful at this throw have their hip right through like that of Koshi Guruma.

Tsrui-Komi-Goshi is not as hard as some make it out to be and is a very effective throw. You just need to create some space and break the balence well before you try and throw.

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