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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Doing Hip Throws | Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Doing Hip Throws

The more years I do hip throws, the more I seem to get out of it. At first it was simply the joy of slamming someone down on the ground effortlessly… Who am I kidding? I still enjoy that. But now I look at the hip throw and see how it has many parallels to life in general. Here are a few examples:

“Break the balance first and the rest is easy.” When throwing someone, you break their balance first otherwise it is much more difficult, sometimes impossible, to throw them. As a metaphor for life, I’ve learned that when trying to accomplish a goal, it’s important to do all the necessary preparations first so that things proceed smoothly.

“If you want to break someone’s balance, you have to get lower than their centre of gravity.” When it comes to hip throws, you have to bend your knees and get your hips lower than your uke’s hips. As a metaphor for life, I’ve learned that if you follow sound strategy and put your efforts on the right things you can accomplish much more with a lot less work.

“Once you’ve broken the balance, don’t wait; throw your uke immediately.” When beginners start doing hip throw, they often wait too long before throwing once the balance is broken. This leads to the person getting tired as they support their uke’s weight, particularly if uke is heavier than them. As a metaphor for life, I’ve learned that there’s no point in carrying emotional burdens. It tires you out and makes life seem heavy. Once you’ve dealt with a problem appropriately, “throw” it away and move on.

“Even the very small can throw someone much larger with proper technique.” I’ve taught women the size of a 12-year-old to throw men twice as heavy than them. Many of these women thought it would be impossible, but they were able to do it thanks to good technique. As a metaphor for life, I’ve learned that even when things seem impossible, it’s always worth it to try, armed with the right information. Life can be full of surprises.

In addition to the above, I’ve learned that I’ve been doing Jiu-jitsu for waaaaay too long. 😉

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  1. There are more parallels to draw between training and everyday life:

    1) keep your guard up always: don’t be too gullible and don’t let people take advantage of you. When you sense trouble prepare yourself. When confronted by life's inevitable problems try to minimize the damage and roll with the punches.

    2) preparation (hard, frequent training conducted in an intelligent manner) is the key to victory: in more general terms what you already mentioned, except it can be applied to martial arts in general and not just hip throws.

    3) respect your training partners: respect people and they’ll respect you, at the very least you’ll experience less trouble than you would being rude and abrasive. You get what you give.

    4) ask yourself how a technique works and how you can apply it to get maximum results, don’t just copy what your sensei showed you: the key to personal growth is creativity and having a mind of your own. Intelligence is a typical human trait (at least in the form of advanced reasoning), it doesn’t hurt to use it once in a while and if you stay with what you were told you’ll always be a mindless drone and it’s likely you won’t achieve much in life.

    5) without diversity in training methods and techniques you’ll get bored: a rich and varied life with a lot going on is a prerequisite for happiness, getting stuck in a dead end job, an unsatisfactory relationship, the same boring routine everyday or hanging out with the same lame people all the time is a good way to get depressed and unhappy.

    6) Find a good teacher and stick with him or her: good role-models, teachers in the art of living the good life and people you can truly respect and look up to are hard to find, if you do don’t desert them and let them know how much you learn from them and how grateful you are.

    7) In self-defense and fighting act quickly and decisively, press your advantage and don’t back down when threatened or receiving a hit: matters should be dealt with swiftly and effectively; don’t postpone too much and act rather than dwell on things since problems have a tendency of getting worse with time.

    8) Have fun training and be grateful you’re able to do this very physical form of self-expression and self-protection: be grateful for what you have and the talents you received, try to use them to the utmost (talent without exercise is fruitless) and enjoy life when you can. All you have is this moment, life is fleeting and you never know how long you’ll be healthy so carpe diem.

    Regards,

    Zara

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