Osoto Gari – A basic judo throw with Angie Delgado

One thing is true and something that everyone can agree on. Osoto Gari is a very common judo throw at all levels of judo. From the local grassroots judo, all the way to the Olympic stage. There are a lot of different ways to do throws like Osoto Gari. One this is true though if you want any of them to work you should have a strong understanding of the basics before attempting to learn some of the more advanced techniques that are seen in this video and a lot of other videos you will find on the internet.

Angelica Delgado is the top performing athlete in the United States for Judo currently in the year of 2018. The Osoto Gari that Angelica Delgado displays in this video is a great variation of the basic version that hopefully, we all know already. When your first starting out learning judo (click here to learn a basic Harai Ogoshi) things can seem difficult. Once you get the hang of it you will start to see some success when doing Randori.

Once you have started to have some success with your basic throws the real struggle will begin with your judo training. See once you start to have some success with throwing people your training partners will start to make some adjustments. It’s when people are adjusting the basic throws that you want to start getting into the different types of Osoto Gari’s you could learn. Here is a little breakdown and key points of Angelica Delgado’s Osoto Gari. (Also look at Angie’s Koshi Garuma to Ouchi Gari)

Key points of Osoto Gari:

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Angelica likes to start off the throw by being in the same stance as her opponents. Controlling her opponent’s sleeve and neck.

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One of the key details that she likes to point out is her ability to control her opponents head. Angelica likes to make sure that she pulls her opponents head down hard and trapping it in her elbow.

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The pull is one of the most important parts of doing Osoto Gari. This may seem like a basic photo but there are a lot of details in this photo that are important to pay attention to. Here are some key things to notice just in this photo alone: (for mobility and strength in this throw click here)

  • Angelica’s foot placement – She has stepped past her opponents’ foot.
  • Angelica is ear to ear with the person she is trying to throw
  • We can see that Angelica has a strong pull because of her opponent’s left foot coming off the ground.
  • Another key point is to notice is how upright Angelica is in here
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The leg sweep is extremely important when doing Osoto regardless of the variation you are trying to do. One of the most over looked points of reference in an Osoto Gari is Angelica’s eye placement. Where we look is extremely important. Angelica is looking right where she should be which is where she wants to throw her partner. We can see in the photo Angelica is looking toward the mat over her opponent’s shoulder. This, in turn, will help her off balance her opponent and raise the percentage of scores tori will have.

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Angelica Delgado makes a strong point in the video to plant her foot on the ground when doing her Osoto Gari. This is something that most instructors never teach or strongly tell you not to do. Angelica, however, makes a point to put her foot down when doing the throw.

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One of the key points to finishing Osoto is the rotation of the shoulders. This photo is a great shot of how Angelica turns her shoulders when she finishes the throw. The drive to the mats is one of the least trained parts the throw because let’s face it no one really wants to take those falls. I would suggest making sure you have a crash pad when you training this part of the throw.

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Here is a great shot showing how Angelica likes to keep her foot on the floor when powering throw her throw. For added mobility for grapplers make sure you check out this blog post: Ankle Mobility

Remember one of the keys to getting these to work is having a firm understanding of the basics! Make sure that your basics are on point before attempting advanced techniques such as this. Angelica is a high level just player who is training to make the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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