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April 24, 2022,

This does make sense. Mightily so.

To be the best, you have to beat that best.

What if you are newer female wrestler? You can’t be the best in your early stages of learning so why not modify this philosophy and learn from the best?

First the basic question.

Can Judo help you as a newer female wrestler improve your wrestling game?

Succinct answer, yes. Why?

It is about the throwing and take downs.

Even if you are on your knees, as most competitive female submission wrestling matches have you initially positioned to, to gain a submission, you need to be in the top position through a takedown., photo credit

Judo is a system of unarmed combat.

Judo was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano.

He wrote a book about it that you can purchase on Amazon.

Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano Paperback – August 30, 2013, photo credit

By Jigoro Kano(Author)

Judo, or the Way of Gentleness, an ideal form of physical exercise and a reliable system. Of self-defense, was specially created from traditional Japanese martial arts. This book by the creator of Kodokan judo is uniquely comprehensive and the most authoritative guide to this martial art ever published.

Over a hundred years ago Jigoro Kano mastered swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat. Failing to discover any underlying principle, he set about designing a new martial art to reflect the concept of maximum efficiency in the use of physical and mental energy. Today, the concepts and techniques of judo taught at the Kodokan are the ones originally devised by their creator and collected together in this book.

Covering everything from the fundamental techniques to prearranged formal exercises for both men and women, the book offers detailed explanations of how techniques are combined in two types of practice: randori (free practice) and kata (the practice of forms).

In addition to a discussion of traditional methods of resuscitation, the book concludes with a useful appendix of information on the founder and the Kodokan International Judo Center, and a glossary of judo terminology. Fully illustrated throughout, Kodokan Judo will help students and instructors everywhere to discover the principles, techniques, and spirit of this popular martial art.”

Judo is all about getting your opponent down on the ground without hurting them.

An important aspect to competitive female submission wrestling is to get your opponent down on the ground, without hurting them.

Another similarity.

The objective of competitive judo is to throw an opponent, immobilize them with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

All you need to do is substitute the words Competitive Female Submission Wrestling.

Here we go.

The objective of Competitive Female Submission Wrestling is to throw an opponent, immobilize them with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

Yes, you can see the connection.

Perhaps you can also see why, as a Newer Female Submission Wrestler, learning Judo is like laying the foundation for your wrestling pathway.

Judo’s philosophy revolves around two primary principles; the maximum efficient use of energy and mutual welfare and benefit.

We love both, especially the latter, as we never want to see injuries at female submission wrestling events.

So, if you purchase Mr. Kano’s book, you are indeed learning from the best since he is the creator and originator.

Makes sense?

To bring you up to modern times, we have a visiting writer who can supplement your Judo, which in turn, supplements your budding wrestling career.

Very important, whenever you are engaging in a new exercise or sport for the first time, please consult with your physician first.

Set Up Your Judo Throws – With A Different Throw,

By Paul Herzog

We all have Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or other grappling techniques that we really like and work well for us. Every competitor has a “go-to” move with a high probability of success, if they are allowed to execute it. The problem is one of familiarity or predictability; if your opponent knows what’s coming, either because you’ve tried it before or because you telegraphed part of it, then they can defend it. Rare is the move that you can pull off when someone is expecting it.

Most of the time, your way around the predictability problem is with a feint or other lure, if you will. A classic example of this in Judo is an osotogari (outside sweep) / ouchigari (inside sweep) combination. From standard grips, you start to step across and try to shift your opponent’s weight on to that side. Their natural reaction will be to shift their weight to their other leg. It’s just a ruse, though; instead of finishing the step across, you slide that sweeping leg inside and hook the one that now supports their weight.

There’s a difficulty with a good feint as well, however, one that often gets overlooked in any combat sport. You rarely execute your feint with the same speed, power and aggressiveness as you do the intended move. If nobody is going to worry about the feint as a threat, then all you’re doing is shortchanging your game.

So, instead of feints that will not improve your Judo or BJJ, try another approach to setting up your opponent. Go full-bore into each technique… and if it works, great! If it doesn’t, you have to transition into the next move, a flow already set up in your mind. You are acting in accordance with what you know will happen next; not reacting to your opponent’s defense. Grappling is a chain of events that only ends with your opponent’s defeat – you always know what comes next.

Take, for example, a throw I wrote about recently as efficient in any grappling setting – gi, no gi, or MMA – the outside hook takedown known in Judo as kosotogake. You are in a tight clinch with your opponent in over/under grips: your right arm is under their left armpit, left arm hooking over the top of their right. Your right arm drops down behind the small of their back and tries to pull their waist and hips in close to you. At the same time, you drive forward with your head and shoulders into their left shoulder. If your opponent leans too far back and loses their balance, that’s perfect. You hook around the outside of their left leg with your right and hook them to the mat.

Let’s assume, however, they understand what you’re trying to do. Their first line of defense will bend their knees and try to put their hips back as far away from you as possible. This is what we want… your opponent is now in the perfect position for the ogoshi hip throw. Your hands are already in a good position; just bring your right hand as far across your opponent’s back as possible, toward their right armpit. Whatever strength you can get in this grip is vital to making the throw work cleanly. Your left hand is already in position over the top of their right tricep.

There will be plenty of space between you and your opponent to slide your right leg across; after all, their hips will still be shoved back in the classic wrestler’s stance. Step across with your right leg until your right hip is in line with the center of their body. Turn as you step so that your upper body is twisted. The more torque you can handle in your shoulders and chest, the more energy is going to be converted into your ogoshi. This isn’t a trip or off-balance takedown… it’s a full-bore throw.

When your hip is in place, bend your knees slightly to get your hip under your opponent’s center-of-gravity, and then straighten your legs to lift them off the ground. You can easily do this against someone who weighs quite a bit more than you do, because the technique uses some of your largest muscle groups, in addition to the inherent skeletal strength in your body. With your opponent off the ground, pull them around and down to the mat with both arms. Your left arm on their right tricep should help bring them around for extra power.

As you finish the ogoshi, follow your opponent down to the mat, to end up in a top side mount position. From there, you should already be thinking of your favorite control and submission techniques… after all, we’ve already flowed from one throw to another, so the next sequence should come just as easily!

Paul Herzog and his son Christopher have been taking judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction at Petushin Martial Arts since the new Rosemount, Minnesota facility opened in 2010. In addition to receiving some of the best grappling instruction in the Midwest, Paul has lost over 35 pounds, and Chris has gained strength and self-confidence. If either of those sounds appealing, please contact the academy at 612-991-9116 or go to [] to arrange your first visit!

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