Basic Principles of Throwing

There are three basic principles to any throw:

  1. Put your opponent off balance -- Kuzushi
  2. Keep your own balance while getting positioned for the throw -- Tuskusri
  3. Perform the actual throw -- Kake

Not only are these the order in which the principles must be applied--first break the balance, then get into position, finally, perform the throw--but they are also the order of importance.  The most important element is breaking your opponent's balance, then getting into position.  Once you've got your opponent off balance and you are in proper position with good balance yourself, the throw itself is the easiest part.  Actually, in an ideal case, these three components flow indistinguishably into each other, but even there all three are there.

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