GB Fundamentals: Inside Trip – Ouchi Gari

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at one of the most fundamental takedowns in Jiu-Jitsu – the inside trip.
Check out GB Online to see more Fundamentals at GB 1
The inside trip (or Ouchi Gari in Japanese judo terminology) is a foot throw or trip seen in Judo, Greco Roman wrestling as well as the traditional self-defense applications.
The inside trip is used more often in MMA than much other classic judo throws for a few significant reasons. Firstly, the grips have an easy No-gi equivalent so the execution of the inside trip is much the same action as the classic version with the gi. Additionally, the tight upper body clinch that is common in MMA is close enough to tie up the arms and negate the opponent’s punches and at the same time close enough for you to trip the opponent’s legs.
Unlike much traditional judo throws – where the back is turned – exposing you to a back take if the throw fails – the trip is far safer for Jiu-Jitsu rules. Also, in Jiu-Jitsu rules, there are fewer illegal grips than in sport judo, which means Jiu-Jitsu players can use different grip variations in their inside trip.
Let’s see the classic version of the inside trip first.
Ouchi Gari

The throw requires a total commitment by the thrower. Once you step in to hook the opponent’s leg with your own, you use your body weight and momentum to unbalance the opponent to the rear and fully throw your energy into the trip.
The inside trip (and most other judo trips) augment the bigger major throws well. When the opponent defends the trip – they expose an opening for the forward throw (like an Uchi Mata or Ippon Seio Nage shoulder throw). And vice versa.
Now let’s see a more self-defense applicable version of the inside trip from double under hooks or body lock position.
Clinch and inside trip

For a well rounded Jiu-Jitsu, it is best to focus on techniques that we can use in the gi for sport Jiu-Jitsu, for No-Gi grips, and of course self-defense situations.
What is YOUR favorite judo style trip?
If you have any technical questions, please send us a message at GB Online!
See also on GB: GB Fundamentals: The Hip Throw
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia