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Judo's Ushiro Goshi Throw: The Gake

The Gake of Judo's Ushiro Goshi Throw

I have discussed Judo’s Ushiro Goshi throw before in my blog posts, Ushiro-Goshi Counter To Koshi-Guruma - Slow Motion Judo and Ushiro-Goshi, Side Tomoe-Nage, O-Soto-Gari, Powerful O-Uchi-Gari, but I wanted to include this video in the discussion because it discusses an element of the throw that is too often missed. Getting out of the way to complete the throw.

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Getting out of the way to complete Ushiro Goshi is critical but it is a skill that needs to be practised.

This video is not very clear. The subtitles don’t help because they are auto-generated and with the sound being so poor they are pretty ordinary. Unfortunately, it is the only one I can find on the finishing or Gake of the throw. So you are going to have to listen hard but I think you will find it worthwhile.

Steve Cunningham the Tori spends some time trying to explain the flow of the getting out of the way. Even if you can’t hear what is being said watch carefully and I think you will get the flow (pun intended) of what he is trying to communicate.

It is not really something that can be put into words. This is why I have not done it before, so the visual here is very important. The best I have ever done to explain it is to say that you have to make Uke float a bit right at the end.

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Ushiro Goshi here is executed as a counter to Hari Goshi. It is not usually done as a stand-alone throw. It is usually executed as a counter. But you are not restricted to countering Hari Goshi. It works very well as a counter to Uki Goshi, O Goshi, Ippon Seio Nage and just about any throw where the person attempting the throw turns their back to you.

However, it can be hard to score with. In that, if there is no clear control on the part of the thrower it tends to look like the throwee just fell to the ground.

To avoid that Tori really has to make it obvious that they are in control and have been the executor of the throw. The thing that will give you the best chance of the referee seeing that is to make sure you get out of the way when you do the Gake and get out of the way well. This video if you take the time to examine it will help.

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