Thursday, June 26, 2008

More Throwing in MMA

In my style of Jiu-jitsu, we do more throwing than is practiced in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. While it can take awhile to develop the skill and timing to execute throws effectively, I think throwing is a very worthwhile ability to develop for MMA.

Check out some of the masterful throws that were executed at the 2007 World Judo Championships:

Throwing can be a very effective way to take an opponent to the ground while keeping in an ever-so-important dominant position. Not only that, it makes for very exciting fights! Who wouldn't like to see some of these Judo throws worked into MMA more often?


Anonymous said...

Having a strog judo background I complety agree with you. When I started training with other martial artits, I noticed that becuase they where not used to the heavy impact of some of the throws, they where sometimes really winded from even the straight forward style throws like O soto gari or harai goshi. Most Judo throws can be adapted for no Gi/MMA fighting and should be considered by all.

Anthony said...

I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and at the academy that I train at we hardly ever train in throws. I wish we did, it would help in developing my stand-up game.

Steve said...

Karo Parisyan is notable judoka who has successfully adapted to no-gi. The lack of grips can be problematic so each technique must be reconsidered.

My school offers classes in takedowns for gi and no-gi although mine are very bad. :-)

Lori O'Connell said...

Ah, yes! Karo Parisyan. I've seen some of his videos on youtube. He's definitely got great skills. I've also ordered his new book though they keep delaying its release. :(

glenn said...

Yes Yes!
Infact can I make a suggestion?
I think we should have 2-3 minutes of randori every class for the green belts and up. During my Judo years I found this exercise to be very useful expolring ones balance and also feeling your ukes balance as you move on the mat. This provides valuable experience for the student on how to break your ukes balance before a throw is executed. This also gets a students to improvise throws while in the clinch and not just during a self-defense technique.

Lori O'Connell said...

Yes, it is coming. People need to be super comfortable with their throws and falls before throwing that random element in. However, now that Chris is back, if you come into class early for open training, you can do some randori like that before class with him since he is pretty comfortable with that stuff.