Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve decided that this year I’m going to try to bring a bit more fun and whimsy into my life. It feels like I’ve gotten a bit too end-goal oriented that I’ve lost a bit of my sense of playfulness, particularly in my training in the martial arts and for my career as a stunt performer. So rather than just focus on the things I want to accomplish, I’m going to take more time to remember why I got into my training in the first place, to relax and have more fun on the journey. As a part of this, I’ve decided that I’m going to learn one new technique related to Jiu-jitsu each week this year. My choices will be more focused around learning something that looks fun to learn and do rather than for pure practicality.
I’ve already jumped ahead and done this for the first week, exploring a throw I’ve seen Ronda Rousey demonstrate in a number of clip videos on YouTube. It’s a sacrifice version of sode tsurikomi goshi (sleeve lifting pulling hip throw) with an alternate entry. The original is in the video below at 2:36.
After a bit of trial and error with Chris, we worked out some of the details, which were not intuitive at first, but once we figured it out, it wasn’t too hard for us to pick up.
If you’re going to try this yourself, just be careful of the angles so you don’t slam too much of your body weight onto your partner. Having an extra thick crash mat is handy for the few first attempts.
If you give this throw a try, let me know how it goes for you in the comments. Have a great year! 🙂