Gracie Barra Learning: The Hip Throw


GB Learning : The Hip Throw

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we look at one of the fundamental takedowns in grappling : the Hip Throw.

This is likely one of the very first techniques that you learned in Judo and Jiu-jitsu and we see it especially in self defense techniques.

It is a powerful technique that employs many of the concepts of throws that you may apply to learning all of your other throws as well. The concepts of unbalancing the opponent (Kuzushi), foot work and getting underneath your opponent’s center of gravity.

Let’s see how some Gracie Barra instructors use the hip throw and some variations.

1) Basic Hip throw to scarf hold / Queda de Quadril
This is the most basic way to perform the hip throw. Notice how Prof. Rafael Tarabay from Sao Paulo transitions quickly to scarf hold to secure the top position after the throw.

2) Variation #1
World Champion Prof Otavio Sousa demonstrates his favorite variation of a hip throw. This variation is known as Morote seionage in Judo. Note how low Prof. Otavio gets underneath his opponent’s center of gravity.

3) Hip throw to Sacrifice throw combination
The sacrifice throw is known in Japanese as “Taniotoshi”

4) Hip Throw variation #2 / Técnica de Queda de Quadril
Prof. Fabio Lima teaches us how to use the grips to unbalance the opponent and execute a variation that includes the lifting power of the leg. This is known as “Uchimata” in Judo.

5) Combination Throw / Single Leg Counter Attack
Prof. Carlos Lemos Jr. shows us how after his opponent counters his single leg attempt, he quickly transitions to the hip throw.

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Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: markmullen.bjj