With the release of George Kirby’s Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art — Expanded Edition, we asked the jujitsu master to show us a few of his favorite techniques that can be found in his book.
George Kirby is a 10th-degree black belt in jujitsu as well as an internationally recognized martial arts instructor and author. He is also the co-founder of the American Ju-Jitsu Association (an educational foundation and amateur athletic organization), a tactics consultant for the LAPD and an organizer of the popular Camp Budoshin in California.
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The following jujitsu technique is found in Chapter 4: Basic Techniques. Here is what George Kirby had to say about it:
“People hold their breath the first time they see this throw, anticipating major injury to the opponent’s shoulder. The reality is that if the shoulder lock is set properly, executing a well-controlled hip throw take’s all the pressure off the attacker’s shoulder. It’s a great demo jujitsu move that helps students learn how and when to combine basic jujitsu techniques into more effective self-defense techniques.”
Jujitsu Technique No. 1: The Shoulder-Lock Hip Throw
Japanese Translation: UDE GURUMA OGOSHI
1. Your attacker attempts a knife swipe.
2. Lean back slightly, and sidestep to your left to get out of the path of his knife.
3. Once the knife has passed, move back in and make a fist with both hands.
4. Step in with your right foot and bring both forearms up to block his back swing.
5. Block hard. (Fists are needed here because of his much greater force with a back swing.) Your left forearm should block above the attacker’s elbow, while your right forearm blocks his lower forearm as close to his elbow as possible. This will help keep your right forearm away from the knife blade.
6. Before your opponent recovers from the blow, bend his arm by pushing with your right forearm. Do not grab his forearm with your right hand because he will be able to resist if you do. Open your right hand as you bend his arm back.
7. Bring your left forearm over his upper arm and clamp onto your right forearm. (The hold is shown more clearly in Step 9). At this point, you may execute a rear shoulder-lock takedown (not shown) by pushing down with your right forearm and stepping forward with your right leg, then going down onto your right knee.
8. To execute a hip throw, swing your body around, bringing your left foot back against your opponent with your right hip blocking his. Hold the shoulder lock tight against you.
9. Execute the throw, going down onto your right knee.
10. To set a wrist-lock lift, slide your right hand down to the back of his hand so his knuckles are resting in the palm of your hand.
11. Lift up at the knuckles to break his wrist …
12. … or to raise your opponent up so you can set a neck scissor along with the wrist lock.
13. Lean back to set the scissor.
Stay tuned for the rest of George Kirby’s Top 10 Favorite Jujitsu Techniques!
George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques
Technique No. 1: Shoulder-Lock Hip Throw
Technique No. 2: Rear Leg-Lift Throw
Technique No. 4: Elbow Lift
To learn more about these and other basic jujitsu techniques, check out Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art — Expanded Edition by George Kirby.