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This will break the opponent’s balance by forcing them to lean to one side. The majority of the opponent’s weight will now be on their right leg (Figure 1). Take your body past the opponent and position your right leg behind the opponent’s lead leg (Figure 2). Continue to push on the opponent’s chin and reap your right leg backward in order to complete the throw (Figure 3). Once the opponent’s balance has been completely broken, be sure to get the reaping leg back on to the floor as quickly as possible.
Pull on the opponent’s arm and pull their head in towards your body so that you secure a strong headlock. As you apply the headlock, bring your rear foot towards the opponent (Figure 2). Step forwards with your right foot as you push your hips backward so that the left side of your hip is touching the opponent’s body. Pull the opponent in the direction of the step so that their upper-body is bent over your hip and their feet are lifted off the ground (Figure 3). It is vital that you push your hips far enough back so that they block the path of 33 Figure 3 Figure 4 Throws for strikers Figure 5 the opponent’s legs.
However, the judo and jujitsu version of the throw is performed in a slightly different way (the hips are in line rather than taken past). The cross-buttocks throw is also very common within taekwondo and karate forms. However, it is often mistaken as a ‘turning lower-block’ or similar, and as a result the crossbuttocks throw is now rarely practised in taekwondo and karate circles, despite the number of times it appears in the forms. We will show examples of where throws appear in the katas / forms in the appendix.