Uki Goshi - Floating Hip for MMA
While classified as a Koshi-Waza or Hip technique, I often refer to Uki Goshi as "Half a Hip Throw" because, unlike O Goshi or most other hip throws, you do not fully rotate into your opponent but rather only turn in to 90 Degrees to them, making contact with one hip only.
There are several benefits to this partial rotation for use in MMA, freestyle fighting, or self defense:
1. You do not have to fully turn into and commit your back to your opponent - if your throw attempt fails, you are in a far safer position than with most hip throws.
2. The step in movement is very fast as it covers only half the distance of a full hip throw like O Goshi.
3. Your are only required to lift your opponent a few inches off the ground and their weight never comes fully across your hips and back, so it requires less effort and has a much reduced chance of ending up with your collapsing to all-fours with your opponent on top of you if the throw fails.
From the clinch, take a solid grip with your left hand, controlling your opponent's right arm - preferably at the elbow/triceps.
Then step in strongly with your right leg, placing your foot deeply centered between your opponent's legs while simultaneously dropping your right arm around your opponent's waist reaching as deeply across his body as possible. Turn only until 90 Degrees to your opponent - only your right hip should be in contact with them, and the contact point should be the center of their body.
From that position, step your left, rear, leg in close to your advanced right leg, maintaining the 90 Degree position to your opponent. Thrust your right hip further into them while simultaneously gripping them tightly to your body with your arms and leaning back onto your left, trailing leg. This will elevate them several inches into the air - just enough for both their feet to clear the ground.
Once they're elevated, rotate them on the ball of your right hip (which is the only hip in contact with them!) using the pull of your left hand and drop them onto their back/side right in front of you.
Your opponent remains on the same side of your body at all times - they do not cross over your back as in a full hip through!
With Uki Goshi, the idea is to step in quickly at 90 Degrees to your opponent, make contact with one hip, pop them slightly into the air such that the feet just leave the ground, rotate them in-place, and have them land on their back. Then take a dominant, top position, and continue fighting.
Comments on this video from YouTube:
I really enjoyed watching your video on uki goshi.
You explained and performed it well.
Kudos to you!
This is awesome!
And will help me in my quest for a perfect Uki goshi.
Looks closer to hane goshi because your leg is inside of his due to your entry. That's what I'd do if I had a shallow entry like that or possibly Uchi mata. Uki goshi is similar to O-goshi....only difference is uke's ukemi. O-goshi uke goes all the way over. Uki goshi uke rolls off the side of your hip. Then of course there's Koshi garuma with the arm around the head and uke rolls around hip.
Uki Goshi is different from all the throws that you mention:
It does not require tori's back to be fully exposed or tori to use his legs for lifting or sweeping.
With uki goshi, tori goes in at a 90 degree angle, lifting uke just slightly onto his hip, doing a quick twist of the torso to throw.
It is very different from o goshi, which requires tori to turn completely with his back fully to uke, jut his hip out past uke's, bend deeply at the knees and lift uke completely off the floor.
In uchimata and hane goshi the legs are used.. Uki goshi the strong mans version of O goshi since you dont load.. You almost lift the uki on to you and turn him..
Great for no gi or mma
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