March 2017, Day 2, Chiyoo v Kyokushuho

Kyokushuho immediately secures the left-handed overarm grip on Chiyoo’s belt, and then he shows us how to finish. The throw is uwatenage, or “overarm throw,” but Kyokushuho’s excellent technique reveals a subtlety that might otherwise go unnoticed. Sure, he’s throwing with his arm, but what makes the throw so flawless is how he contracts his left arm, pulling Chiyoo’s center of gravity towards him and attaching it to his own hips. The actual throw is initiated with Kyokushuho rotating his hips to his right, and this is what starts moving Chiyoo off-balance. The arm is just a conduit for a much stronger force emanating from Kyokushuho’s core.

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