Tuesday, June 25, 2013


In today's society we are inundated with information from every angle. I can easily find myself within feet of a cell phone, television, ad banners, computers, or some sort of video screen. While the amount of information we have access to is enormous and incredible, especially if you are an autodidact, but it definitely has its negative aspects as well. Take a close look at beginner BJJ players. Most enter the gym with knowledge of an armbar or guillotine, while most don't have great technique, many of them replicate the moves they see in MMA or on Youtube - training is now available where it once didn't exist. So, what's the downfall? Clearly it has to be to much information. Students step on the mat thinking they know what a proper shrimp is and their focus is not on learnig the basics, but a meed and want to emulate the best of the best. This forward thinking is typically great and encouraged, but when students insist on learning advanced techniques in place of the basics, it causes a problem in the sport as well as in the dojo. The berimbolo, inverted guard, rubber guard, are all useless without proper knowledge of body mechanics and a clear understanding of grappling concepts. Take a look at your favorite online BJJ shop - you'll notice practically every DVD has an emphasis on offense. Very few instructionals specialize in showing escapes, defense, and counters. That's why today we give you a great video from the guys at SJBJJ. They show us the finer points of avoiding and countering Judo throws, and in particular the Osoto Gari.


  1. I appreciate all the love Judo gets on this site. The picture in the banner does look like harai goshi though. But that's how it goes in Judo; go for one through and you end up doing an entirely different one.

  2. @ Judo Mike: because you don't see the far arm over the shoulder/back, couldn't you assume it's the Osoto Gari? I am not that knowledgeable about Judo, but thought that was the major differene.


  3. Judo and the Japanese are very specific in name each variation and technique used on their arts. Yes you are right my friend, finding a good osoto image to my liking was much harder than expected. We appreciate the love!

  4. The harai goshi is indeed much more effective with the arm around the back, but it is not required. What gives me the impression that this is harai goshi is that the thrower seems to be floating the throwee(uke) over his hip as he takes the leg out from under him. With osoto gari the attack is usually a forward attack with the leg swinging and driving through uke's own leg(back of the leg to back of the leg) rather than bringing uke over and/or through the leg.

    Either way, both great throws and a good video. And if you are quick and alert osoto gari is one of the best counters for osoto gari, especially when you bait your opponent. :P

  5. @ Judo Mike: Thanks for responding! I appreciate the knowledge!

  6. Not a fan of this counter, at all. Uke says he needs to take weight off the foot being he accomplishes this by putting ALL of his weight on that foot while he moves. Anyone with a decently quick Osoto would have uke on his back by the time he was able to move his weight like the vid.

    Also, in the vido, uke takes no dominate position and leaves himself availble to for tori to finish the throw.