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Chokes • Holds • Throws • Falls

Articles about chokes, holds and throws and fall used in the practice of martial arts on USAdojo.com.

The Basic Butterfly Guard Sweep

The 'basic' butterfly guard sweep is anything but basic. It is an extremely powerful and sophisticated attack that is difficult for your opponent to...

The Sub-Arts of Karate: Tuidi-jutsu and Kyusho-jutsu

Tuidi (Grab-Hand) "The Grappling Aspect of Karate" All bodies can be weakened - they all have nerves, vital points, joints, tendons and muscles that will...

Does Tae Kwon Do Have Locking and Trapping

Have you heard that someone is taking Aikido or Jujitsu to learn locks and traps as there is not much locking and trapping in...

Ukemi: Fall Breaking Techniques

The common human response to falling is the most dangerous. Although most people instinctively protect their heads, they will reach out to catch themselves...

Shime Waza – The Techniques of Constriction

Basic Concepts The art of karate is a brutally effective method of self-defense characterized by grabbing, squeezing, pressing, twisting, bending, leveraging, breaking, and chokes and...

O Soto Gari – Different Arts, Different Perspectives

A basic first principle throw in Judo is "O Soto Gari", a major outer reaping of the opponents outside leg. This is usually done...

O Goshi, for Sport or Street

A basic and popular Judo throw is O-Goshi, the well-known hip throw. It is an ideal throw for shorter people to employ against taller...

Mastering Armlocks

By Jake Westlake ~ In one on one combat there are a variety of ways to ensure victory. Whether it be by striking your opponent, or...

Rick Clark on Judo Chokes Or Shimi-Waza

In Judo, shime-waza is a general term for a grappling hold that critically reduces or prevents either air or blood from passing through the...

Trapping Range and the Rhythm of Combat

Trapping range has been said to be the most combative of ranges. The reason being is the weapons that can be employed (Legs, Fists,...

Our Tae Kwon Do Self Defense Heritage

When we look at our Tae Kwon Do self defense heritage it seems we have moved backwards. We have veered of course and developed...

Coming to Grips with Champion Mark Kerr

Wrestling champion turned K.A.F. No Holds Bar competitor Mark Kerr has come to grips with one of the toughest sports in the world.  At...