Excellent Osoto Gari Instructional
June 7, 2010
Sensei Leo White demonstrates the finer points of Osoto Gari – the large outer (outside) reap. Osoto means “outside” and gari is “to reap”. Osoto Gari is one of the first throws taught in Judo and is often used to move into other throwing techniques. Leo White is a 2-time Olympian and 18-time US National Champ.
The Osoto Gari is an excellent takedown to add to any BJJ player’s arsenal. The principle is to force your opponent’s weight onto one leg, then sweep it out from beneath them. There are a myriad of variations on throw execution, but this instructional shows important basic technique and the reasons for them.
More from Leo at Super Judo.
Kickin it Old School
January 27, 2010
Found this old Jiu-jitsu book that dates back to 1904 on Google books. It’s called Jiu-Jitsu: A Comprehensive and Copiously Illustrated Treatise. That’s a mouthful. An interesting perusal, I must say. Interesting indeed. *Tweaks moustache*
But wait, there’s more! Here’s an article in a 1930 issue of Popular Mechanics on Jiu-jitsu. Here’s an illustration from the magazine. Never seen that move before, but if it involves cupping the balls, I’m not interested.
Here are a few other interesting JJ-related finds:
Outing Magazine – 1906
Jiu-Jitsu Combat Tricks – 1904
The Black Cat – 1904 (You don’t need a gun if you know Jiu-Jitsu!)
Hangair Wetsuit Dryer
October 15, 2009
A while back I posted about a wetsuit drying clothes hanger that could be used for drying your gi. At the time Hangair was still bringing the product to market, but now it’s been distributed and ready to be ordered.
If you live in a small place, you know how much of a pain in the ass it is to dry a gi day after day. If you don’t have laundry in your unit, washing your gi daily is out of the question, so it’s important to keep it dry and funk-free.
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Weirdest Throw Ever
January 15, 2009
Not sure what this throw is called, but it’s making the gears in my brain turn. Can’t direct embed the video, so go here to watch it: