Spinning Yoko Tomoe Nage

Discussion in 'Judo' started by mattt, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. mattt

    mattt Valued Member

    Been working on Yoko Tomoe Nage with a training partner prior to class, just drilling the heck out of it.

    After a month, we realized we were doing it all wrong, and broke it down and now have created something new (compared to what we drilled for all that time...). Spoke with a Judoka in class today about it and their approach and they came up with something very similar to this:


    However, we have moved on from this to include even more spinning, the momentum coming from the other leg swinging out and around. It is very similar to what we see our teacher showing us as his version, though not quite there yet, and I wanted to see what you guys thought of the pros/cons of this approach.

    The spinning Yoko Tomoe starts right vs right in traditional sleeve lapel (left hand on sleeve) you can leave their grips in place.

    You drop down, similar to the video, but instead of going from say North facing to west facing as you through you spin all the way around to South facing, as you do a full 180 turn. Your left foot is on their left hip (or at least center/left of them) and you throw over their captured sleeve arm, twisting to prevent a cartwheel out, again not unlike the video.

    The major difference I found in both is the spinning (once you trust it) works very lightly, whereas the drop into a right angle and then kicking out is more aggressive and uses strength to pop the throw.

    Thoughts on this?
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2013
  2. TKDDragon

    TKDDragon Valued Member

    Do you start the lift and pull of the arms at the same time as the foot plant? Also, does it utilize arm strength to get the reorientation and does it seem to work on similar and larger sized opponents?

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