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Technique Video of the Day: The Harai-Goshi

Those of you who caught the middleweight match-up between Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch and Nick “The Promise” Ring on the UFC 135 Live Prelims last Saturday were likely transfixed by the gorgeous judo throw Boetsch pulled off in the third round known as the Harai-Goshi, or Sweeping Hip Throw.

The Harai-Goshi is one of the forty fundamental throws created by the founder of Judo, Kano Jigoro. The above video, though not demonstrated in English, most properly demonstrates the necessity of foot placement in both the initial attack and sweep stages of the throw. From there, the throw trades in power for momentum, a basic principle of Judo.

No stranger to brutal throws, “The Barbarian” showcased his “redneck judo” once again this past weekend and impressed a lot of people with his decision win over the previously unbeaten Ring.  As further proof of the effectiveness of Judo in MMA, here’s a video of the Cory Devela/Joe Riggs scrap from the Strikeforce: Strikeforce at the Dome event back in 2008, which ended just over a minute in after Devela pulled off a similar throw. Karo Parisyan would be proud. Enjoy.



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maorla3- September 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm
great list, there are things on there that I haven’t thought about before Locksmith in Tega Cay Sc
Onan- September 27, 2011 at 10:56 am
Well I've got 20 plus years of bacon and Pepsi over my belt and I don't care if it was a Sho Kosugi or a Hairy Sashimi, it was a beautiful throw.
DangadaDang- September 27, 2011 at 7:09 am
Well, you can go tell that to Sherdog then:

And if you hang on I'll go get 20 years of Judo under my belt.
haraiman- September 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm
The throw that Tim Boetsch used was actually O-Guruma. I have practiced Judo for twenty years, and know the difference. Please, check your Judo throws and terms before you label a throw. Needless to say, it was a beautiful throw.
MrBlondeSL- September 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm
Where's Mrs Blonde when I need her.
newaza01- September 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Judo is a great sport and mma tool. Can't wait to see more of it at big mms events. Go out to your local judo school now!!!
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Fried Taco- September 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm
It's also very important for the person being thrown to not stick his arm out or it may end up breaking rather than breaking the fall.