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Tsuri-Goshi Tips: Mastering the Art & Unveiling the Techniques

Decoding Tsuri-Goshi: Mastering Judo's Hip Throw Techniques

Tsuri-goshi, a dynamic hip throw technique in Judo reminiscent of traditional Japanese sakana-tsuri fishing, involves lifting and pulling with finesse. I think my previous article Tsuri Goshi: Master Judo's Powerful Hip Throw Technique, gives a clearer explanation of the throw itself but this video gives several tips that I think would be very useful to anybody struggling with the throw.

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Ko-tsuri-goshi: Elevating the Game

Similar to o-goshi in appearance, ko-tsuri-goshi distinguishes itself by gripping the belt and lifting. The lift creates a unique entry, allowing a swift transition. The key lies in maintaining kuzushi—the continuous off-balance of the opponent.

Kuzushi Never Stops: The Essence of Success

In the realm of tsuri-goshi, the question arises: Do you pull up, pull out, or pull around? The answer lies in adaptability. Kuzushi must persist, adjusting according to the opponent's height and situation.

Perfecting Your Technique: How to Practice Tsuri-Goshi

To master tsuri-goshi, one must focus on the subtle rocking motion. Mimic the lift by rocking back and forth, ensuring a seamless transition between the two variations. The head plays a pivotal role in achieving the desired elevation.

Footwork Fundamentals

Footwork diverges in ko-tsuri-goshi and o-tsuri-goshi. Ko-tsuri-goshi adopts an uki-goshi style, while O-tsuri-goshi aligns with the footwork of o-goshi. Tailoring foot placement enhances the efficiency of each technique.

Hand Placement: The Key to Effective Tsuri-Goshi

For ko-tsuri-goshi, optimal hand placement is crucial. Placing your hand closer to the center rather than too far ensures a more potent lift. The belt becomes the focal point, lifting your opponent gracefully.

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Arm Placement: It is All A Matter Of Preference.

Any student of Judo should have a copy of "Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano". In it you will find this throw has a number of variations of the arm placement. Until I learned that one throw is distinguished from another by its Kuzushi I found this multi-option arm placement very confusing. However, now I know that the placement of the arm does not affect the nature of the Kuzushi in this throw so it is they are simply variations of the same throw. None of these variation are in this video.

The Art of Hip Strike: Targeting the Mata

In both ko-tsuri-goshi and o-tsuri-goshi, precision is vital. Aiming the hip bone directly into the opponent's mata—the inside of the V—creates a powerful strike, lifting them effortlessly. This is the key to executing a successful tsuri-goshi.

O-tsuri-goshi: Adapting to the Opposition

O-tsuri-goshi shines when facing a resisting opponent. The grip on the belt remains pivotal, with strategic hand placement and a well-timed shoulder strike setting the stage for a dynamic throw.

Whipping It Good: Adding Velocity to Your Turn

Creating velocity is synonymous with success in tsuri-goshi. The whipping motion amplifies the turn, mirroring the power of a tornado. Turning your head further enhances the technique, adding finesse to your execution.

Alternative Grips: Beyond the Belt

While the belt is a conventional grip, one can explore alternatives. Gripping the pants is an option, though caution is advised to avoid discomfort. The historical context of practicing without undergarments adds a humorous touch to this aspect.

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