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Yoko-otoshi (side drop)

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One of the two sacrifice throws taught to orange belts going for green belt, the other being tomoe-nage.

If an attacker comes in with such force that you lose balance, you can turn the situation to your advantage using yoko-otoshi. Gripping the lapel of his gi with the right hand and his punching arm with the left, drop back and to the right at an angle of 90° to the punch. Your weight and his momentum, together with a strategically placed leg to trip him should be enough to cause him to over-balance.

You can then encourage him on his way, by using your other leg to block his other leg and flick him over you.

Don't forget to turn yourself with his momentum so that he has enough impetus to go over you.

Common mistakes:

  • Not turning enough to the side
  • Not having a firm grip
  • Not flicking the attacker's leg
  • Not turning over

Full list
Here is a list of most of the techniques you'll need to know for Jitsu and at what level you'll meet them. The list is not completely definitive because modern Judo is creating many more throws, some of which Jitsuka are adapting for their own use.

Ashi | Gaeshi | Gake | Gari | Goshi | Guruma | Maki-komi | Miscellaneous | Nage | Otoshi

Ashi

Gaeshi

Gake

Gari

Goshi

Guruma

Maki-komi

Miscellaneous

Nage

Otoshi