GB Fundamentals: The Hip Throw

The week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at one of the Fundamental techniques of Jiu-Jitsu – the hip throw and some common variations.
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What makes these throws that we are looking at today hip throws?
Simply, the hip is the fulcrum over which the opponent is unbalanced. The rest of the throwers body is engaged of course, but the key mechanism of hip throws is..the hip.
Definition of fulcrum : the point on which a lever rests or is supported and on which it pivots.
The hip throw is used in several of the most important self defense techniques and also seen in both No-gi and Jiu-Jitsu with the kimono.
1 Let’s start with the classic hip throw from GB2 Takedown with Prof. Henrique Machado @senseihenriquemachado
Large Hip Throw – O-Goshi

2 Variation #2 – Basic Hip Throw with Prof. Flavio Almeida
Koshi Guruma
Note the back step and the grip around the opponents head (instead of around the waist). The central principle I’d the same – the hip is the fulcrum and the opponent is thrown over the hip.

3 Setup the Hip Throw
A key principle of Jiu-Jitsu is to set up your technique instead of attacking the technique directly. In this video, an inside trip is the first technique. When the opponent reacts by stepping back, their balance goes into a forward direction – which is exactly what we need to execute a perfect hip throw.

4 Hip throw variation #3 – Queda de quadril
Note instead of a sleeve grip, the collar grip is used. This grip variation can disguise your intentions to your opponent.

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Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia