How To Throw with a Sode Tsurikomi Goshi “Twitch” into Osoto Gari

Sode Tsurikomi Goshi “Twitch”

After initially gripping both of your opponents sleeves, as if you were going to throw them with Sode Tsurikomi Goshi, perform a “Twitch” movement, as if you were going to throw with Sode Tsurikomi Goshi, to get your opponent to react.

Once your opponent has reacted, change direction and throw them backwards with Osoto Gari instead, maintaining a grip of both sleeves.


What is a “Twitch”?

A Twitch, Switch or Faint, depending on where in the world you are, is the name given to the action of pretending to do a certain throw to elicit a reaction from your opponent and then throwing them, usually in a different direction, with a completely different throw.

As the name(s) suggest, the action is only a partial movement, a twitch of the hands, feet, head and/or body and not a complete entry and usually performed with no physical contact, to allow for the quick change of direction into a different throw.


How to do Sode Tsurikomi Goshi.

If you are not familiar with Sode Tsurikomi Goshi, I recently uploaded an article that explains how to execute this throw.

There is an accompanying coaching video that will give you all the information you need to learn and integrate this throw into your arsenal.

The article can be found here!


How to do Osoto Gari.

Osoto Gari (Large Outer Reap) is an Ashi Waza (Foot/Leg Technique) that is usually executed by gripping your opponents sleeve and lapel, stepping to the outside and bringing your other leg through and behind your opponents leg and reaping it back, driving through the lapel to throw them directly backwards.

There are many different competition variations of Osoto Gari, using alternative grips and entry points.


How to do a Sode Tsurikomi Goshi “Twitch” into Osoto Gary.

Once you have your Sode Tsurikomi Goshi and Osoto Gari dialled in, it’s time to bring them together in a saucy fashion. After taking hold of both sleeves, you proceed to execute your well timed “Twitch/Switch/Faint” causing your opponent to react, typically by bringing their inside leg forward to block.

As this is beginning to happen, you change the direction of your attack, bringing you leg and body across for the Osoto Gari, whilst pushing one arm across and pulling the other towards you, causing the arms to cross.


Some Final Thoughts on a Sode Tsurikomi Goshi “Twitch” into Osoto Gari.

Before attempting this style of combination, it is very important that you first learn how to do Sode Tsurikomi Goshi and Osoto Gari and then also learn how to apply them proficiently.

This is essential so that you can “sell the lie”.

If you are unable to execute a convincing Sode Tsurikomi Goshi and therefore create a “threat” for your opponent to react to, the chances of them reacting to allow the change of direction for the Osoto Gari diminish.

Your opponent must really believe that you will throw them with the Sode Tsurikomi Goshi to get the reaction that you need.

It is vitally important to maintain tension through both sleeve grips, keeping your opponent’s arms crossed over, as you drive through with the leg for the Osoto Gari.

In Judo, specifically during randori training and/or in competitions, being able to create movement and open your opponent up is essential and using this style of entry is great way of achieving this.

Have fun playing around with these techniques and also this style of entry.

Train Hard…Throw Hard!!

Written by David Groom

David is a 4th Dan Black Belt who has 25 years experience in learning and teaching Judo. As a former Great Britain representative, David has trained and competed in over 40 different countries.

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