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Tips For A Top Notch Ouchi Gari


If you are a BJJ competitor that has a love for Judo throws and take downs, then the ouchi gari is a technique that you’ve probably come across at some point. It is an awesome leg hooking/trapping take down that will allow you to get the top position on your opponent almost every time. But perhaps you are too familiar yet with the technique. There are some tips you can use to make your ouchi gari one of your best take downs. Let us see what you can do to make that happen…

Break the balance, break the posture

So, just like every other throw and take down in Judo, the ouchi gari needs its user to break the balance and break the posture of his opponent. As seen, the ouchi gari requires you to grip high up on the collar on the kimono and on the sleeve by the elbow.  Use those kimono grips to their full potential. You need to pull him down with the collar grip, and pull him up by the sleeve. When you do that, you will put all the weight on the leg that you will hook/trap to take him down.

Make sure you bend your legs

There are some different foot work options possible for this take down. For white belts, stepping straight through the opponent’s legs will be the first foot work that you’ll learn. Once you get some experience with the take down, you can start using the deceptive three step foot work. But either way, you need to make sure there is a bend in both of your legs when going for the ouchi gari. If you are standing up too tall, your heel/ankle will be what attacks the opponent’s leg, which will be too weak to get him down. Step in straight, make sure your legs are bent so that you get deep penetration and your leg will work more effectively to trap the opponent’s leg.

Drive in on an angle

Let’s say that you used my advice for this take down. You broke the balance/posture, you’ve bent your legs so that you were able to get in deep and you hooked the leg! Now here is the key advice to finish. You need to drive in on a 45 degree angle. That angle should be towards the side of the collar grab. If you drive in straight, there is a chance that he will be able to defend it. But when you drive in diagonally at that 45 degree angle, then it will take away his last chance of defense, and it will get him down.

Judo is an excellent compliment for any BJJ practitioner. Our art came from Judo, so the throwing and take down techniques of that art just flows in very well. It is up to you to find out which take down techniques work best for you. Pick a handful and work them. The ouchi gari should be one of those. If you want to improve your Judo style take downs then check out…

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