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    how to maintain control from yoko shiho gatame

    Post by user2015 on Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:39 pm

    When I practice with a larger opponent (weight difference 50% or more), I may obtain yoko shiho gatame briefly, but soon get turned over and ending directly at the bottom of their yoko shiho. This way, being on top in yoko shiho can be inferior to a more neutral position. How do I prevent the larger opponent from turning me over so easily?

    I have better luck when I get to their back and fighting from there.

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    Re: how to maintain control from yoko shiho gatame

    Post by daigakuinsei on Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:53 am

    I'm surprised no one else has responded yet. I'll do my best to provide some suggestions. It is more difficult to overcome weight differences in newaza than in tachi waza. However, technique can help negate some of the difference. The best way to maintain the hold is to keep your hips low and control your opponent's arm to prevent him/her from turning you over. In order to keep your hips low you need to keep your feet splayed outwards. The attached youtube video shows this at 4:31.
    If that doesn't work I would suggest transitioning into kazure kami shiho gatame or kesa gatame. Best of luck


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    Re: how to maintain control from yoko shiho gatame

    Post by DougNZ on Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:52 am

    Instead of concentrating on putting your weight on uke, concentrate on putting your weight into the mat. Keep your weight over your knees and elbows, and practice a bit of 'ju'. If uke bridges, give a little but keep your weight over your knees and elbows. If they rotate, move with them, keeping weight over your knees and elbows (or transition to a new hold). Instead of thinking of squashing uke, think of building a cage around them with your elbows and knees. Uke is free to move within the cage but don't let them escape it!

    Looking at the practicalities, if your weight is on uke, they can feel your balance and exploit any lack of weight symmetry. Further, when they bridge, they get to use their whole bridge on you. These two things combined is probably why you are being reversed with them ended in yoko shiho gatame. By staying lighter on uke, they have less sensitivity over your position and balance. Also, when they bridge, the first half of their bridge is against air, so they are only using the final, decelerating portion of their bridge against you. It's a bit like comparing the force of a fully wound up punch with that of a half-jab. You are only letting them get off a half-jab.

    At the end of the day, judo (as with life) is about maintaining your balance first and foremost. With that under control, you can turn your attention to others. This softer form of holding takes a bit to master. Give it a go but beware that your coach will probably give you a bollocking for not keeping weight on uke!

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