GB Fundamentals: Outside Trip – Osoto Gari

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at one of the most fundamental takedowns in Jiu-Jitsu – the outside trip.
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The outside trip (or Osoto Gari in Japanese judo terminology) is a major throw seen at the Olympic level in Judo as well as the traditional self defense application.
Over the years of teaching Jiu-Jitsu, the outside trip is by far the #1 technique that students who have had to use bjj in a situation in the street have reported that worked best. A police officer who trains Jiu-Jitsu shared that it was a very effective technique to take resisting suspects to the ground in real life confrontations.
Unlike many of the big forward throws (like the hip throw GB Online featured recently), the outside trip is a takedown that is executed to the opponents rear balance.
What makes an effective outside trip?
3 essential elements of a great outside trip (or most any takedown in fact!):
1 Get your grip. The grip creates your connection to your opponent and without it there is no throw. Gi grips for the outside trip are easily adapted to No-gi equivalents.
2 Off balance the opponent before attempting the throw. Through a use of footwork, your grips and correct body alignment you can upset the balance of your opponent before executing the outside trip. This universal principle of Jiu-Jitsu and judo is known as “Kuzushi”. Attempting to the throw an opponent who is in a strong, defensive stance is unlikely to be successful.
3 Action – reaction might just be the most important martial arts students should understand. If you want to use this principle to throw your opponent with outside trip, a slight pull forwards will trigger an instinctive pulling back by your opponent. This is exactly the direction of momentum that you want to throw your opponent to their rear.
My head instructor – a black belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. told me that the outside trip was the favorite takedown of Master Carlos in the days at the original Gracie Barra in Brasil.
Aprenda o Osoto-gari com o Professor Carlos Lemos

Now let’s see how the traditional outside trip is applied in a NoGi, self defense situation. Training the classic takedowns in the kimono will teach your body the movement and timing so that you may use the fundamental technique in a situation outside of the jiu-jitsu school if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
Técnica de Defesa Pessoal contra agarrão pelos braços! Self Defense Technique against arm grab!
Professora Ericka Almeida @erickaalmeidabjj

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See also on GB: GB Technique: The Inverted Triangle from GB Brasil
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia