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Ouchi Gari by Satoshi Ishii
The cool thing about takedowns in Jiu Jitsu is that we can do both wrestling and Judo style techniques effectively. In standard wrestling, it’s rare to see Judo style takedowns like hip throws. In Judo, you probably won’t see a lot of double legs and single legs. In Jiu Jitsu, we get all of it. Even more so, we can combine both of them to create even better techniques.
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In the gi, you are more likely to learn various Judo techniques because of the luxury of sleeve and lapel grips. Without the gi, and therefore without the grips, we tend to lean more towards wrestling takedowns like the ones I mentioned above.
This doesn’t mean you can use double legs in the gi, lots of great Jiu Jitsu practitioners hit it often, it just has to be executed better. You can also use Judo takedowns, again, they just need to performed better and adjusted in a way that doesn’t require the same grips.
The Ouchi Gari is one of the oldest techniques in Judo. This technique is classified as a foot sweep because the tripping mechanism uses the foot. Although this technique was initially designed to be done with a gi, it can be modified in a way where it can be done without the gi.
In the following video, Satoshi Ishii will illustrate how to execute the no-gi Ouchi Gari. See below:
Satoshi Ishii is a world-renowned Japanese-Croatian martial artist. He is a judo expert, winning the 2008 Olympics. He is also an MMA fighter with a record of 19 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw. Satoshi is also a Jiu Jitsu black belt that has competed at the highest level.
In this technique, Satoshi harps on the idea that when finishing it, you need to widen your leg rather than lifting it. This is because if you lift it, you are giving the defender an easy single leg. Instead swipe their leg out sideways, which is much easier and more effective. At the end, too, you need to give your opponent a slight shove or else they won’t trip.
When doing Judo techniques in no-gi, it’s important to have great timing because we don’t have the luxury of using strong grips, and this is especially true if you are both sweaty. To improves timing and speed, you need to drill this a lot, slowly building up your timing until you have mastered it.
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