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Hip Toss For BJ With Andre Galvao

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Something that you’ll hear about a lot when training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that you should learn at least a little bit of Judo to help improve in your stand up aspect. Even though this is talked about a lot, you don’t see it too much. The main reason is that Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have different goals. For the most part in Judo you're just trying to score a takedown, whereas in BJJ the goal is to gain position and score a submission. 


This is why there can be a bit of a disconnect in the two styles despite their similarities and share origins. While Judo takedowns are great at getting your opponent onto the mat, but for BJJ they can leave the person who just did the throw exposed to counters that a trained BJJ player would know about. This is especially the case when you realize a lot of throws in Judo actually end with you giving up your back, which is usually not worse than remaining standing for the most part in BJJ. 


This is why Judo throws need to be modified if you want to use them in BJJ, so that you can use them and stay in a strong position. This can be difficult, as part of what makes Judo techniques effective is that you’re able to throw people using your full body. This can be especially difficult for no gi where you need to replace grips with under and over hooks. Check also Effective Hybrid Judo Throws by Bilal Ciloglu


In this video, Andre Galvao goes over how he has modified a Judo hip toss, specifically an O Goshi, not just for BJJ but for no gi BJJ. Andre Galvao is a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, a former ADCC submission wrestling world champion and has won the  Brazilian National Championship, World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and Pan American Championships multiple times. Galvao has also competed in MMA with a record 5 and 2. He also wrote a book on BJJ, Drill to Win: One Year to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


 

Hip Toss For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

The video starts with Galvao talking about how it is important that you don’t try to do this technique while your opponent is moving back. You can only land this technique while your opponent is stepping forward into you. 


When your opponent is stepping forward and pushing into you, you step past your opponent and go for the throw. Keep in mind the importance of staying in your stance both when in the clinch with your opponent and after throwing them. It’s good to finish the throw with your shin near your opponents ribs so that you can go for a quick arm bar. 


Something that can happen is that you fall onto your opponent right after you take them down. If you do this, don’t keep your arm around your opponent’s low back. If you do this and land on top of your opponent you will give them the chance to roll over and put you on your back.


This is why it’s important that if you want to land on top of your opponent you need to post on your opponent's far side arm to make sure that they don’t roll through. 


If you liked this technique and want to learn more from Andre Galvao, then why don’t you checkout his complete video series “No Gi Takedown Fundamentals by Andre Galvao” available exclusively on BJJ fanatics! 

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