3 reasons why Judoka’s need to concentrate on pulling the sleeve to improve their throwing ...
I am sure you have had your coach (or heard you childs' coach) telling you to pull the sleeve more when throwing ... and here are 3 very good reason for this.
Kezushi (breaking balance) - Pulling the sleeve moves their opponent/partners weight into the desired direction to throw or initiates a reaction from them. Both outcomes are crucial for throwing success.
Creates space - Pulling the sleeve creates space to step into for your throw. It does not matter whether you are doing a 3 step turn or turning with the Uke moving towards you creating space is key for throwing success.
Improves shoulder rotation - a problem for many beginner (and experienced) Judoka when turning to throw is shoulder rotation. This is when Tori starts the turn for their throw and they leave their lapel hand/shoulder behind resulting in a straight arm or elbow above their hand. By pulling the sleeve it initiates the turn and builds momentum which helps us rotate through the throw and throw with power. I often see Judoka not pulling the sleeve and not able to rotate fully (without compromising their technique) which results in either poor technique or being countered by their partner.
I have created a playlist of videos to help with basic kezushi, turning your back to throw, turning on the move and techniques such as Tai O Toshi, Uchi Mata and Harai Goshi.