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.