Five Things About Throwing People

1.   People accustomed to using strength often have a hard time learning to throw, partly because strength permits them to “cheat” on technique if the majority of their training partners are not as strong.  People who are smaller and weaker learn proper technique more quickly because errors in body mechanics are immediately apparent.

2.   Learning to fall is just as important as learning to throw, and being thrown properly is incredibly informational.  After you’ve been thrown a great many times, you stop needing to think about the fall.  You become more aware of when your momentum is no longer yours to control, aware of which changes in body positioning affects the speed and ease of the throw, and that improves your own throws.

3.   Just as in real life, you can never really throw anything away without concern for where it’ll end up.  Unless you’re tossing someone off a cliff, assume the attacker knows how to fall, roll, and come back for a second (and wiser) attack.  I prefer to hold on to my attacker long enough to hit or kick, too.

4.   Throws use circles rather than straight lines.  Kindly throws keep the circumference above ground.  The circumference of not-so-kind throws are only partially above ground.  The latter involves a sudden stop as body meets ground in mid-rotation.

5.   Throwing makes a key fighting truth abundantly clear: if you lose your balance, someone else will find it.  Finders, keepers!

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