A Fighter's Heart: One man's journey through the world of by Sam Sheridan

By Sam Sheridan

It happened to him that he might ultimately discover a long-held obsession: struggling with. inside a yr, he was once in Bangkok education with Thailand's maximum kickboxing champion and stepping during the ropes for his first specialist bout. yet one struggle wasn't sufficient, and Sheridan got down to attempt himself on an epic trip into how and why we struggle, dealing with Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, and supreme combating champions.

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From the conventional lapel or sleeve grip this throw can be both simple and effective though, as with all throws, it relies on a fast explosive entry. Break the opponent’s balance backwards and to the right corner. When he pushes back to realign his balance steal the energy. Simultaneously advance your right foot forward towards your opponent’s right foot, feed your right arm around his waist (or head or armpit) and make a body turning in entry and bend at the knees so that your bottom is pushing G E O F F 40 T H O M P S O N ’ S T H R O W S A N D T A K E - D O W N S Ogoshi (Hip Throw) into his lower abdomen.

The better judo players use this technique quite often to set up a bigger throw like osoto gari. They use the kouchi as a balance breaker (or even a feint). I use it, especially outside, as a trip to get the opponent off his feet and on to the ground, where I can either run away, finish with kicking techniques or follow down to use my ne-waza. If the timing is correct this can be a devastating technique. This technique can be used at range or very close up. The simplest way is at close range so I’ll stick to that for the purpose of this book.

Pull down with your left hand and drive hard, to the right, with your right hand. Your opponent’s weight will now be on his right leg as you reap it from under him, slamming him on to his back. G E O F F T H O M P S O N ’ S T H R O W S A N D T A K E - D O W N S 47 Judo G E O F F 48 T H O M P S O N ’ S T H R O W S A N D T A K E - D O W N S Osoto Gari (Major Outside Reap) G E O F F T H O M P S O N ’ S T H R O W S A N D T A K E - D O W N S 49 Judo G E O F F 50 T H O M P S O N ’ S T H R O W S A N D T A K E - D O W N S Osoto Gari (Major Outside Reap) If you want to make the throw a little more gratuitous release your right hand grip and grab the opponent’s throat as you throw, driving him backwards with the reap.

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