Back To Chest Concept For Throwing

  • Focus on the rotation of your own body.
  • Don’t worry about the height of your opponent just keep a good frame.

Back to Chest Concept

Humans are a naturally curious species. The best way to stimulate that curiosity is through learning new ideas, new movements, and new concepts. When you are beginning to learn anything new, it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed in a hurry. Sometimes when doing judo, there’s innumerable potential grips and throws circulating through your head over the course of a fight. It’s tough to distinguish what can work and what you are capable of in the moment. When the options are dizzying and you’re struggling to find an advantageous position, sometimes a simple but effective throw is the best option. The Back to Chest Concept for throwing is that tried and true method that is simple yet extremely effective!

“Can I Get My Back to My Opponent’s Chest”

Discussed and shown here is a simple concept that can be used in training or during a match. The “Back to Chest Concept” is great when you’re exhausted. When you need a minute to think but still need to utilize the time to your advantage. If you’re struggling to find the ideal position, or the ideal grip, ask yourself a simple question: “Can I get my back to my opponent’s chest?” If the answer is yes, get yourself in the position and go for the throw! If no, then just as in everything else, you have to keep working to gain position. Obviously make sure you practice it in training initially and figure out how efficient and effective your body is at the execution of it.

Body Positioning > Foot Work

For this concept, keep in mind that the footwork should not be your chief priority. While important, it doesn’t take the cake in this throw. The name of the game (and throw) here is “back to chest” so instead of footwork, focus on your body in relation to your opponent’s. The easiest way to keep that in mind is by maintaining contact with your back tight to your opponent’s chest.

The word “flush” describes this concept well. By “flush” we mean those two adjacent surfaces (your back, your opponent’s chest) are close, and smooth in the same plane. To ensure this happens (and happens well) focus on your rotation into your opponent. This will alleviate any concern or possibility of weird angles and an incomplete throw, or a poor attempt at it. Make sure you’re flush to your opponent and the rest will fall into place effectively.

The Breakdown:

Back to Chest Concept Step 1:

Control the grips. A well placed grip by you will allow you to rotate yourself into your opponent with ease. The easier that rotation is, the better you’ll be set up. Focus on controlling the grip first and foremost.

Judo Throws, Back to Chest, Back to Chest Concept, FUJI Sports, Travis Stevens, Judo,

Back to Chest Concept Step 2:

Get your back to your opponent’s chest. There’s a reason this was discussed in depth above. This is super important, without your back totally flush against your opponent’s chest, you won’t stand a chance at finishing the throw, especially if they’re taller than you.

Back to Chest Concept Step 3:

Get your back to the floor. This follows your extension. Once your opponent is tucked behind you, it’s a matter of extending up and bending forward, bringing your back to the floor to get your opponent over your shoulder and down.

Keep in mind, this may not lead to a throw for ippon or even for a score. But once your opponent is down on the ground, this sets you up for a variety of quality attacks. It’s up to you to choose which works best. Those three steps above executed in order will enable you to throw your opponent with relative ease. The rest is up to you.

A Final Thought

This “Back to Chest Concept” gives you a moment to breathe and simultaneously puts you in an advantageous position over your opponent. Learning new throws, new combinations, new positions, can be pretty overwhelming. When you’re on the mats, all you should be thinking about is executing what you’ve been working on lately. Whether for the last few weeks, months, or years!

This throw is simple enough that it allows you to take a moment to collect yourself and get back to your game plan. Best case scenario, it gives you a throw for ippon. But even worst case scenario still sets you up for a quality attack. Lastly, regardless of the size of your opponent, this throw can work extremely well. Don’t worry about your opponent’s height. Even if their feet stay down when you extend upwards, you’re still doing well. When you bend towards the mats it becomes irrelevant anyway, just make sure you keep a good frame.

In the end, sometimes all you need to win a match is a few quality attacks. If this throw could put you in a good position to do just that, why not give it a try? Work on this the next time you hit the mats, and keep us posted on how it goes!


View all posts

Add comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *