How To Throw An Opponent Using Tai-otoshi
Tai-otoshi is one of the most difficult throws to perform which is why there are so few books written on it but it was a throw I was famous for.
As a youngster my favorite technique was Morote seoi nage however as I got older I was picking up injuries and my father suggested I should switch to Tai-otoshi.
He was right!
Over the years I have used my Tai-otoshi to great effect and have taught it to hundreds of Judoka all over the world and right now I am going to share some of my Tai-otoshi secrets with you.
In this article you will learn the key points of Tai otoshi and at the end there is a special unscripted video for you where I share some of my insights on Tai-otoshi.
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The History of Tai-otoshi: (Body Drop)
Tai-otoshi is one of the fundamental throwing techniques in Judo.
Originally it was taught as the fifth technique of the first Kyo in the original gokyo of 1985.
When the go-kyo was modified in 1920 it was moved to the second kyo.
Tai otoshi is classed as tewaza or hand technique infact in Jigoro kano's Kodokan Judo he demonstrated Tai otoshi without the use of a leg.
The Key Parts of Tai-otoshi
As with all techniques coordinating the hands ,feet and body at the same time are essential elements that make the technique work efficiently.
The Kuzushi and Tsurite hands working together are key to obtaining the correct shape of the Tai otoshi.
Often the Tsurite hand (direction hand on the lapel) is left behind and results in the body weight of Tori being pulled over the supporting leg thus pulling the shape of the technique completely out of line.
The shape of the body of Tori does not need to be completely symmetrical but works more efficiently and with more power the more evenly the weight is distributed.
There are two methods of teaching the leg positions of Tori relative to Uke's.
The first is with Tori making immediate contact with the front leg and the second is by Tori using Kuzushi on the sleeve in order to make the contact of the leg.
These methods can be highlighted with reference to attacking someone who fights the same side as yourself or having to readjust the throwing movement to attack someone with an opposite stance.
When practising for accuracy for Tai otoshi it is important to understand the mechanics of how it works.
All techniques start with the hands.
The Kuzushi and Tsurite (direction hand on the lapel) hands need to work together and lead the body into the throw.
This then enables the body to be in a stronger more stable position so that the application of the throw can be initiated with maximum force.
Getting the correct sequence right can make a huge difference to the power output of the throw.
Angelo Parisi had a very specific form of Tai otoshi.
Most people would say that it was Seoi otoshi but Seoi otoshi goes downwards in projection and is with one knee on the Tatame.
Angelo Parisi had an incredible shape to his technique and his particular variation had the hips placed forwards more predominantly than with my variation.
His Tsurite hand was also placed in a different position.
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