I don’t normally recommend using throws for self defense. They can be effective, but most throws require way to much practice and skill, and should be reserved for Hollywood and showing off in the dojo. The throw shown above is an exception. It’s easy to learn, it’s not showy, and can be learned in a very short amount of time.
The other advantage of this move is that it never requires you lifting your attacker off the ground, yet it creates a large fall which can cause a lot of damage. Instead of lifting you are simply rotating your attacker around his waist.
This self defense move is great even if you are smaller than your opponent. The key is getting in close (where most fighters don’t know what to do). Getting in close takes away most of your attackers tools, since most fighters rely on punches and kick that are ineffective when you are in close.
As Christophe explains in the video the secret to getting this throw to work is pushing and pulling at the same time. If you just pull or just push it won’t work. When you push and pull at the same time you are forcing your attackers center of gravity to move way behind his feet, falling is the only possible result when this happens.
No matter how big or strong he is he can’t defy the laws of physics. If you push your attackers body weight behind his heels he is going down.
The basics of this move are simple. Close the distance (a finger flick to the eyes is a great way to distract him and get his hands up setting up the baggage toss). Once you are in close you have to do two things at the same time.
First, drop down low enough to get your arm between his legs reaching your hand up to the small of his back and pull while standing up.
Second you thrust your forearm into into his throat or chest (either one works it really depends on how tall you are) pushing his upper torso backwards.
When you do both of these things together you can put a much larger attacker on the ground.
For more from Christophe Clugston check out his Savage Street Fighting Package.
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