I recently blogged about the Tomoe-Nage in my post "De La Riva to Tomoe Nage Sweep". I’ve been reading about it in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and watching video of it on YouTube.com. It has some similarities to what we call the Balloon Sweep in BJJ. On Takedown Tuesday I finally got to use it. It was a blast. Having never practiced it once, before having to use it during a match, it went off rather well. I felt I got a good solid 3 out of 4 successful throws.
The Tomoe-Nage I feel really embodies Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ should be nearly effortless, I think. A well executed technique uses physics in your favor with little expenditure of energy on your part. The dropping of your weight is one of the main forces at work in the Tomoe-Nage. It is combined with the twisting motion as you go down to position your opponent onto your leg. As the momentum continues with your guidance the throw feels very natural and powerful. I also felt a lot of control with it. I could throw into mount or into a arm bar. The Tomoe-Nage has become my favorite throw. As shown in the video above there are variations to it. Its versatile and I plan on adding it to my throw/takedown arsenal in all its many forms.
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