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Slam Your Opponents To The Mat With The Tai Otoshi Judo Throw

Slam Your Opponents To The Mat With The Tai Otoshi Judo Throw


The Tai Otoshi Throw is One of the original and one of the most powerful throws in Judo

Want to see the Tai Otoshi in action? Check out this sick Judo throw highlight featuring tai otoshi throw

The Tai Otoshi is classified as a hand technique in the Kodokan Judo. It can generate tremendous amounts of force using very little contact. The trick to this throw is in the off balancing and the quickness of turning the hips over.

Learn the Tai Otoshi and other bad ass judo throws from 2 of the best in the world, Jimmy Pedro and Travis Stevens


As I mentioned earlier, it creates one of the hardest falls in Judo but uses very little lift, it is all from the Kuzushi (off balancing) and timing of the throw. The fast and powerful rotating action drives your opponent straight into the mat. It can be a very strong and powerful fall.

I’ll start off by saying I love throws, if you’ve read any of my other articles you’ve probably figured that out haha, but the Tai Otoshi (or Body Drop) has eluded me thus far. But being on the receiving end of countless Tai Otoshis I can safely say it is an incredibly powerful throw. Just because I can’t get it to work for me yet, does not mean it is not worth others pursuing, so many of my long legged training partners have dropped me square on my back with this throw and it can be one of the hardest throws even though there is no lift.

This clip with four time Judo Olympian and 2012 Olympic Judo coach Jimmy Pedro has helped me breakdown and fully understand what I’m missing to make this throwing jiu jitsu technique work. Note how when he is entering in to throw, he is already breaking his opponents balance, his initial pull already has his Uke up on his toes making the throw easy to finish and efficient. Jimmy Pedro shows, with a quick simple modification Tai Otoshi throw can be made even better for Jiu Jitsu maximizing body control and landing you right in the modified Kesa Gatame. And you should know how I feel about Kesa already.

Tai Otoshi is my favorite throw that I can’t really do. I see how awesome a throw it is and I strive to be able to add it into my arsenal. And if you have any inclination of adding throws to your game, Tai Otoshi is a great option. Some will pick it up quite naturally and others, like myself, are going to have to work hard and really break down the technique. But it should not be ignored if you are struggling, it’s too great a throw. Let’s go up our throw game and I’ll see you on the mats. Oss.

Judo Champion Jimmy Pedro and Travis Stevens give you an insight into their world of taking people down. With these 3 DVD / On Demand set you can improve your take down game from 2 of the best in that area!

These two greats will be your guides as you learn to master the skills necessary to beat even the toughest opponent. All the techniques and tips you’ll ever need are found in The Takedown Blueprint.



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