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Big Throws

I often see magazine and book covers in which someone is throwing his partner/attacker. I'm sure that you do too.

Generally, the throw is a "big" one -- the attacker could be vertical in the air above the defender. The bigger the throw the better! Well, at least that is what photographers for magazine and book covers will tell you, and probably what they told the person doing the throwing.

If you ask me, "little" throws are better than big ones. A throw should get the attacker to the ground (or into a wall, fire hydrant, or other hard surface) as quickly and with the least effort possible. A big throw takes time (the attacker has to move throw space). It may look impressive and graceful... but it takes time.

And there are skilled people who can reverse throws in the air! I watched old footage of Mifune Sensei (one of the greatest Judo experts). His partner would throw him up in the air and Mifune Sensei would kick his feet, almost as if he was swimming. Then Mifune Sensei would reverse the throw while he was in the air! It was amazing.

A good grappler (of any art) can reverse throws, particularly big throws. It is much more difficult to reverse or escape from a small, quick throw.

Big throws may look good but small throws usually work better. Perhaps someone should tell that to the people who design book and magazine covers.


Charles C. Goodin