Please note that the techniques summarised below may not necessarily be identical or capture all that was taught in class.
Nage-waza (throwing technique):
Ashi guruma (leg wheel) and o guruma (big wheel) throws were demonstrated. Both ashi guruma and o guruma are leg techniques (ashi-waza), which are often confused with hip techniques (koshi-waza) and other superficially similar throws. Some points covered in class were:
- Like most guruma techniques, ashi guruma and o guruma function by providing a mostly fixed pivot point around which uke rotates. Consequently, there should be no or little back sweep of the leg like in harai goshi (sweeping hip throw).
- Tori‘s entry must offset him/herself to uke‘s side rather than remain in front of uke. That is, in order for uke to make contact with the leg pivot point, tori‘s body must not be in the way.
- Ashi guruma should be applied as uke steps back, and o guruma applied as uke steps forward.
- Twisting of the upper body finishes the throw, rather than something like sweeping back with the leg. While this may seem weak, this is not the case as Nick Ring demonstrates in the below gif. Note how the above points apply to his masterful application of o guruma, with only one grip and in a no-gi situation no less.