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The Powerful Hip Toss For BJJ & Wrestling



Hip Toss Overview

When it comes to grappling arts, modern Brazilian jiu jitsu arguably reigns supreme once a match hits the ground, but it is far from perfect as a stand alone art.  Many of the best jiu jitsu based grapplers in the world pair their BJJ with Judo or wrestling for the purposes of being able to not only dictate what happens on the ground, but also what happens while standing.  One of the most fundamental techniques in stand-up grappling is the hip toss.

Hip tosses are a versatile set of moves based on the premise of loading an opponent onto one’s hip and then taking them down by a variety of different maneuvers.  These can vary from simply dropping ones opponent to actually dropping ON the opponent.  One can learn various hip tosses in both Judo as well as wrestling.

Hip Toss Techniques

O Goshi (Big Hip Throw) Tips with 2x Gold Medal Olympiam Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison, Judo gold medalist at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and Judo gold medalist at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games teaches some tips to use the Judo throw, O Goshi or a Hip Toss, in the Gi.

No-Gi Throws by Vlad Koulikov - Sambo Fusion

Vlad Koulikov - Judo Black Belt and Sambo Master of Sport knows a few things about the hip toss. In this video, Vlad focuses on No Gi Hip Throws using the pinch headlock grip setup.

Ippon Seoi Nage Hip Toss

If you’re interested in learning about the hip toss as an art in and of itself, a good place to start is by studying the diverse and effective game of Olympic silver medalist, Travis Stevens.  Here is a video of Travis teaching a move called Ippon Saionage.

Hip Toss Instructional DVDs

If you are interested in learning more of Travis’ highly effective Judo game check out this 4 dvd set that was put together by Travis and his coach, Jimmy Pedro.

Judo style throws are highly effective techniques to be practice and then use in BJJ and other styles of grappling such as submission wrestling. They give you alternative ways of getting your opponent to the ground that is not of the regular variety.


YTravis Stevens, Judo Olympic Silver Medalist. His coach is Jimmy Pedro ( Kayla Harrison's coach too), Judo Olympic Bronze Medalist and coach of the USA Olympic team. They've got an incredible DVD / On Demand Series on Judo Throws using the hip toss called The Takedown Blueprint.

This series is the MUST have takedown series for the modern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor who wants to learn the takedown game using the gi and focusing on high percentage throws like the hip toss aka ogoshi.

Here is a quick summary of what you will learn in the Takedown Blueprint with Travis Stevens and Jimmy Pedro.

  • Osoto Gari – Outer Reaping Throw – One of the first throws every grappler needs to know. It is a powerful judo throw to use against an opponent leaning or pulling backwards
  • Knee Osoto Gari – This one is slick!! We've never seen it before and it's guranteed to catch your BJJ training partners of competitors. This is great for people who like to throw to the opposite side of the traditional osoto gari.
  • Drop Seoi Nage – The drop seoi nage is a favorite of many BJJ athletes include João. It's surprisingly low risk, and very powerful. The challenge is in the grip.
  • Ippon Seoi Nage – Very similar to the drop seoi nage, but with the arm. Again, a low risk throw, unless you don't know how to stop your opponent from getting the back. Don't worry Travis will break it down for you.
  • Tomoe Nage – This is one of the favorites of many guard players. If the throw doesn't work, you'll end up in the guard. But, the insights Travis demonstrates will have your opponents THINK you're pulling guard, but instead you're taking them for the ride of their life.
  • Tai Otoshi – The tai otoshi is one of the most powerful throws in judo. It suits those with longer legs, but we find it to be one of the most rewarding judo throws due to the sound people make when they hit the mats.
  • One Handed Tai Otoshi – A Travis Stevens speciality that is a very cool way to do the Tai Otoshi throw, but will catch most jiu jitsu guys sleeping.
  • Ouchi Gari – Inner reap – The ouchi gari is great for BJJ, No gi grappling and MMA. It is relatively safe, and can produce high rewards. Just be careful not to get scissor swept when you finish.
  • Sumi Gaeshi – This is a similar "feel" to the Tomoe Nage since it is another sacrafice throw. This is a GREAT counter to leg attacks from wrestlers or aggressive newbs.
  • Fireman’s Carry – One of the coolest throws in judo / all grappling arts where your opponent is over your shoulders. Their set up for the fireman's carry is beautiful and will definitely put your opponent's ass on the mats.
  • AND MORE - including how to use Judo against aggressive wrestlers.

Take your throwing game for jiu jitsu to new levels by learning from two of the greatest takedown marital artists who have ever lived.




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