The Ol’ Major Hip Throw

This is the first judo throw I ever learned, O-Goshi. This irresistible name means “Major Hip Throw.” I learned it from a book, “Combat Judo” by Claude St. Denis. That summer, it launched me and my friends on a judo kick.

Wouldn’t you know it? The very first time I tried to use judo in a friendly wrestling match, I pulled off an O-Goshi–and it never, ever happened again, in several hundred judo matches. I guess that’s because everybody knows this throw and they’d be embarrassed to fall victim to it.

I have a feeling that despite an interval of several decades, I could still do this throw. Can’t say that for a lot of the others. But learning O-Goshi is like learning how to ride a bicycle. Once you learn, you never forget.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

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