3 Karate Throws For Strikers & Stand-Up Fighters

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3 Karate Throws For Strikers & Stand-Up Fighters

– The problem with throws is that you need to get from a distance close to your opponent otherwise, it’s hard to throw them. And why would you wanna throw someone? Well maybe because they’re better than you at punching and kicking. So you need to close that distance to get them down and control them. So with me, I have my brother Oliver-san today. And he’s gonna help me demonstrate this. We got two with punching
and one with kicking. ‘Cause the idea is that
you hide your entry using either your own strikes, punches or kicks, or your opponents attacks. So number one, I’m the one attacking in
order to get in and throw. Starting from a left, left position. I simply step in with that
gyaku-zuki, a reverse punch high, jodan-level in Japanese. So stepping in, bam. You can start off by just doing the punch in the hands. And then like boom. One again, boom. You can do one, two as well and then go with the attack instead of pulling back the arm, I keep going. I close the gap, I bridge the gap, as I punch through. And I step behind (taps leg) my opponent. And now the next step is simple. This hand is free. If I want to I can lift
either one leg or perhaps both legs. Or no leg. Simply by doing this scissoring motion using my knee this way and my arm this way. Try to have some external rotation in your shoulder joint to make it more stable. All right one more. So you can start off with
some jabs if you want, bam, bam, step in the same motion. This hand, this arm
should be under his chin for maximum effect because the body goes where the head goes. And strive to push his
weight onto his back leg which is the pivot point as
you spin him around down. Okay? And like I said, if you wanna throw him a bit higher or with more force you can also lift a leg or both legs if possible. So that was number one. I’m using my own punch to
cover the entry for the throw. Next, I’m gonna use my opponents attack to duck under and throw instead. So we’re fighting and he throws jabs. I try to anticipate his attack. It could be a kizami-zuki or just a shorter jab. But what I do is I try to
sense when he’s jabbing and I duck in this way. Maybe he steps in. So I just duck down
and let him come to me. Or I step in but the important
thing is to change level. Okay? So you’re not going into a strike. Change level and then
simply drop your hands here. (pats legs) From here to here. Under his hips, just behind the knees. And then the next part is simply this. I push away with my legs and I pull slightly with my arms. Make sure that you’re not
in this position here. Because it’s easy for him to get me down or choke me out. Meaning your head should
be here in a tight position against his body this way, see. Water tight, air tight, nothing comes through. And then from here I simply look up, I push and I lift here down. If you’re fighting someone
who’s much bigger, much heavier or if you’re simply
weak then you could just lift and spin them around here. You don’t have to throw them in the air. But that looks cooler. Finally, instead of using
punching the third throw is against a kick. So again my opponent is the one attacking. I use his kick, his momentum to throw him. We’re gonna do the front leg
mawashi-geri here. And bam that way. So an easy way to protect yourself is to simply drop your arms
here to protect your ribs. But then, again, your
other hand drops here and goes under scooping his leg. Again, here, to catch. Now look at my own legs here. I will step behind my own
leg into what’s known as a kosa-dachi in Japanese. And in that same move, I keep going behind,
hut, and throw him down. Again. He kicks. Block is number one. Always protect yourself
before trying anything else. In Japanese we call this
“Karate Ni Sente Nashi”. The most important thing in
karate is defending yourself. Attacking is secondary. So again, Humph! This way. Block, step in, and simply tap his supporting leg. The important part is this, after you block and go
in just pull, just pull, pull, pull, pull. And he spins around. This can be done on the other side as well but now we’re just using the front leg. Finally, one more time. This way, bam, and that’s it. These are three of my favorite throws that you can use together
with punches and kicks in order to execute them
much more successfully. Because again, the hard
part about throwing is to cover this distance
without getting hit. ‘Cause it’s hard to throw from out here. And how you get closer to your opponent will dictate the success of your throw. That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy this. Train hard, good luck, and have fun.


Robert L · August 10, 2019 at 3:47 am

MT styled switch kicks

GamingWith Ian · August 10, 2019 at 4:04 am

Damn i need to try this. Simple but effective

5:14 in my martial art that is in our so called one step sparring

羅承宗 · August 10, 2019 at 4:11 am

Practical and easy!

Lucas Biohazerd · August 10, 2019 at 4:28 am

I do mma and we actually do stuff very similar to these I personally use the kick counter a lot

Jiu-Jitsu and Food · August 10, 2019 at 4:29 am


David Mendez · August 10, 2019 at 4:44 am

Just the video I needed/wanted thanks Jesse 🥰

John Ubieta · August 10, 2019 at 5:14 am

Great video, you explain it so well and it's very logical.

Safdar Kh · August 10, 2019 at 6:29 am

The second throw looks like the begining of naihanchi nidan!

Chris Asher Ang · August 10, 2019 at 8:30 am

As a GJJ/BJJ practitioner, this is really good! thank you sensei Jesse!

vwr78 · August 10, 2019 at 9:24 am

First throw is a basic Wado Ryu technique you can find in Ohyo Kumite Sanbonme (3) and is part of 4 Kyu exams.Love that throw.

Jesse Enkamp · August 10, 2019 at 9:52 am

Thanks for your comments! Visit my website to learn more: http://www.karatebyjesse.com

kyokushinnojoe · August 10, 2019 at 10:38 am

Nice throws. I think #3 is the safest for a striker, but they're all applicable.

a girl · August 10, 2019 at 11:23 am

Is this allowed in kumite?

Luís Silva · August 10, 2019 at 11:26 am

Sensei OSS! Thank you

Budget Kommando · August 10, 2019 at 11:43 am

Karate needs to be more like this

Ronen Shemesh · August 10, 2019 at 12:29 pm

these are very good tips to get closer to a kicking opponent, thanks 👌

Jack Reacher · August 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Nice techniques Jesse. 👍

Nytro Dralyg · August 10, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Ahh know these throws from Tai Ji and Tang Lang Quan forms also, nice

Jack Reacher · August 10, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Your interviews with Bill Superfoot Wallace were very enlightening. Especially interesting was the talk you guys had about how the Gracie family created and controlled (picking the fighters, making the rules and allowing Royce to wear his gi) the original UFC 1 to favor Royce's style and also to showcase BJJ to the world. It all makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Ken Shamrock has made the same point about his battles with Royce.
I'd love to see more interviews like that. Keep up the good work.

Mario Seoane · August 10, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Great video.
Just in case, maybe you could find this couple of videos interesting, to explore some other ways to throw opponents in combat.



glaciuscinder · August 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Great video.

Marky Marco · August 10, 2019 at 2:35 pm

What are the names of the three throws, please?

KamiennaGoraGuy · August 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm

Another fantastic video. Thanks so much Jesse!

Ayaz Fetelizade · August 10, 2019 at 3:03 pm

First throw I use in my kickbox sparrings, very easy and usefull

Newton Wanyoike · August 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Am all the way from kenya but i love watching ur videos

Daniel Cash · August 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

The throws that you demonstrated seem perfect for defense witch is the core of karate. I like that it's one of the reasons I love karate. I've always been a defensive guy and counter puncher

Joseph Castro del Castille · August 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Great video as always

Aldo Monti · August 10, 2019 at 3:27 pm

Awesome setups for takedown and 100% karateish.

AstrotominChina · August 10, 2019 at 3:36 pm

Nice throws…and thanks for the hard work…the first throw is actually identical to a basic traditional and not mainstream Aikido throw…Kokyu nage…and if you go for the legs is called Aiki Otoshi… I never tried the third one…Will give it a whirl…😁

Arham's Workout · August 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Oss….I like it sensei …plz make more video about takedown

Sean Hiatt · August 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm

I enjoy your video's, but am curious if you ever thought about interviewing Shotokan Teacher Rick Hotton. Thanks

bruno wachira · August 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm

I'm a Shotokan karateka myself and I've seen some of this throws in Master Funakoshi's Nine Forgotten Throws, I'm genuinely glad with the in-depth advice and analysis for weaker opponents.

Mosco Monster · August 10, 2019 at 4:51 pm

The third one is in the end of pinan godan. The first two are in any kata as well?

nagy zoli · August 10, 2019 at 5:07 pm

@Jesse Enkamp: Question: I usually fail at the sweeping parts when doing that anti kick motion. We are a small group who train together and the others are really experienced, but most important: stronger, sturdier than me. Keep in mind, I am 1.88m, 115kg so imposing stature, just not very strong. What happens is I fail to sweep the supporting leg. They just "take it", and their leg stays put. I need very very very accurate timing and somewhat fast speed to hit the leg when the weight has not transfered yet. Of course this high level of accuracy is not practical in real, non sparring fights. Any advice on how to "enlarge" the success interval, increase the number of successfull sweeps? If I would have to do it vs a real enemy, not a sparring opponent, I would actually choose to maya-geri the knee or yoko-geri the knee HARD. But as you know, not all battles are deathmatches, especially from a legal point of view. Brake the knee of a drunken dude, YOU are going in jail if all he did was to pick a fight

Simon Eriksson · August 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm

You and your brother really seem to have fun together 🙂 thanks for the video!

Rene Rocha · August 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Love your video

DorjeDriftwood · August 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

I would worry about backtakes on the first trip. I will play with it. I love the mobility of that kick counter.

Streetwise Tactics · August 11, 2019 at 12:57 am

Love the Bunkai on the last throw

Trey Crumley · August 11, 2019 at 3:25 am

I love your channel! I always learn something! If you’re going to practice the throws you should look at hapkido falling. It’s useful for the guy getting thrown.

Josias Vertiz · August 11, 2019 at 4:43 am

Your mind is like water, when it’s disturbed and agitated its difficult to see, when it’s calm and settled everything becomes clear, transparent, better reflection and easier to see

トランディスタレディ夫 · August 11, 2019 at 6:58 am

This is very useful excluding karate. I enjoy your videos every day. I'm week at English sorry.

Oh ~ thank you ! Jesse !
It's useful other martial arts だよ!
You are nice teacher.
I respect you from Japan. (^-^)/

Abi IN · August 11, 2019 at 10:55 am

Hi Jesse
Thanks for another wonderful purposeful educating video.
This time I thought of sharing a sweet video with you


David Redmond · August 11, 2019 at 11:18 am

Fantastic video Jesse, definitely food for thought

Rafael Sanntana · August 11, 2019 at 11:42 am

Nice Channel brother!! Beautiful tecniques, Iam Brazilian and praticted Aikido!!

Rafael Sanntana · August 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

More one subscribe!! Thank you

Adam Arb89 · August 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

Im seeing a lot of Kung fu here

Wing Chun · August 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm


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Keith Pevey · August 11, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Jesse! I had a dream last night and I was watching a preview for a movie you were starring in. You were in a fight scene and had to jump off into a river. Then the song Magic Bus came on by The Who. All the sudden the next scene shows a HUGE waterfall dropping a mile down. Then it shows you bursting from the water flying through air like James Bond skydiving. I turned to my wife to say “Hey hon it’s the karate nerd…”. Then I woke up. 😂

Doutor alexandre mansur real · August 11, 2019 at 1:46 pm

I loved that great work guys… What's your Karate Style?

slickx82 · August 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Great video Jesse-San

Silvafox · August 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm

Can you post a video tutorial on how to shadowbox? What vital points to strike for self defense?

Mirza Tan · August 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

It look like lyoto machida..

Gober Sensei, Senshikan Jujitsu Daito Ryu · August 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

We do variations of this first throw in our school it is definitely legit. The only thing we don't do is try to lift the leg because if someone has a tree trunk leg you aren't lifting it. We variate by simply touching the leg like a quick unstabilizing movement and then we hip pivot and turn the behind foot slightly to create torque to do the throw. Good stuff.

Michael Smith · August 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm

Hi Jessie. I love watching your videos. I just competed in my first Usama World Championship tournament. Was very disappointed to find out. that you and sensei Usami we're not there. I had assumed that she would be there since she was on your Channel. I study Shorei Ryu in Rio Rancho New Mexico. I assume since it was open to all styles I was going to see you. Are your tournaments open to my style?

Gilang Putra · August 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

Clear instructions, very effective, very simple, and very simple in the same time. thank you, I'll practice these takedowns.

Child of light 5778 · August 11, 2019 at 5:12 pm

The end of the video was funny!😁
I hope Jesse didn't hurt himself.

Josiah Rumsey · August 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm


Dave Stump · August 11, 2019 at 7:05 pm

Enjoyed your video…I'm a 3rd degree in Hapkido, the moves you showed are very similar to some of our techniques. BE SAFE,GOD BLESS!

Jazzman3121 · August 11, 2019 at 8:25 pm

Great demonstration vid!

KD Sanji · August 11, 2019 at 8:33 pm

The first and third throws are always used in silat competitions. Its good techniques for unbalancing the opponents.

erik lee · August 11, 2019 at 9:23 pm

On the 3rd throw I prefer to take the brunt of the force on the lead arm, if you time it with a bit of a spin you can dissipate the force of the kick and avoid shin to elbow traumatic moment, great video those are useful and effective, thank you

Robd collector · August 11, 2019 at 9:25 pm

pretty cool..i wish i had a school in my area to learn this

Alex G. · August 11, 2019 at 10:25 pm

You rock!

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Jim Clarke · August 12, 2019 at 1:17 am


Killer Within · August 12, 2019 at 1:32 am

Very informative and well-explained!

Robin Gosain · August 12, 2019 at 2:45 am

Hi Jessy, thanks for ur valuable information. Keep doing good work. Please post some more videos on use of kata in actual fight.

Bob Scott · August 12, 2019 at 3:06 am

Interesting the first and third I learned in Karate and the second Jui-jitsu however I can think of a few Karate Kata's where the second could be taken as a bunkai.

Kyle Tetley · August 12, 2019 at 3:26 am

Thank you Sensei! Can’t wait to teach this to my students! 🥋

Sam · August 12, 2019 at 3:39 am

For a young guy your good. I been doing itf taekwondo since knee high to a grass hopper, which was back in the 70s

Tapas Dutta · August 12, 2019 at 4:02 am


L L · August 12, 2019 at 10:38 am

Great simple informative techniques. I'm not asking for fights nor trouble, just wanted to learn something simple for self defense only. 👍👍🌝

Jhinu Jung · August 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

A great video!

1:51 My MMA instructor taught me that, from this position, it will work very well if you hit your opponent's solar plexus with your elbow (of your right arm in this case) as you take him down.

project dombreaker · August 12, 2019 at 12:49 pm

The second technique is a double leg and you dont lift up you use your head to drive him as you chop on the knee

mike mastradonis · August 12, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Clever steping forward and use throw techniques as in 1:30 is the most important think in trational karate that most of martial artists (even most of karatekas) had not realize, even trainers, good video man

Rykano · August 12, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Good stuff.

mars base · August 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm

I train in JKD, but I really liked those tips. You explained them well and I am going to incorporate them into my training. Thanks 👍😎👍

Extra Life Blog · August 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm

All karate should be practical like the last technique, it needs to be reinvented and re-released

Hector Aplicano · August 12, 2019 at 7:03 pm

As a tradicional martial artist ,in the sence that I belive that all moves should aply to self defence , I dislike the first throw cause it depends on ypur opponent not grabing your shirt . If you have ever been on a street brawl , you will know that shirt grabing , short hooks , slap blows , soccer kicks and head locks are the base of street fighting

ニュージーランド・スイサイド · August 12, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Simply awesome Sensei Jesse, I can see how these Karate throws came from various, traditional katas. Many people dismiss the usefulness of katas and their bunkai (application), because they do not understand it. However through repetition, these movements then become instinctive. Awesome tutorial and explanation, of the application of the techniques, Osu!🥋😊👍

Mason Williams · August 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm

As a judoka/jujitsuka this is very useful and informative for me

The Doctor · August 12, 2019 at 10:41 pm

To be “nerdy” Karate is not the proper term; it’s Meiji approved language. Toute

Brian O'Kongkohr · August 13, 2019 at 12:07 am

One of the TOP, most practical and articulate YT karate channels I've seen. These throws are legit – not just low probability "magic" in a real fight – but ONLY IF you drill them to second nature.
THEN build up to lively resistant opponents in a real spar bringing together RESPONSIVE timing, distance control, good internally grounded & anchored/leveraged/powered mechanics (like LEGIT neijia) &/or FAR more common external leverage mechanics (like in judo) with responsively adjustable body position.
And plan for some bruises especially if you &/or your partner don't have good ukemi. Get ukemi down FIRST 🙂

Tanner Muncey · August 13, 2019 at 1:51 am

Good technique! I love training ju jitsu and wrestling! These throws would definitely work on someone. You have good form while doing them. You are very tight on him. The last technique you show is very similar to judo throw. I also do muay thai and boxing. But I love watching good karate practitioners

Azad Thakur · August 13, 2019 at 2:50 am

You are a nerd🤔🤓, I can't follow you

Austin Beck · August 13, 2019 at 3:49 am

Great video, most of these throws are probably (like you said) are used against experienced fighters because most people in a street fight are not going to throw jab or a kick, most people are just going to be throwing haymakers, however you did say that you would use these against somebody who is a better striker. Great video!

Brendan Ashton · August 13, 2019 at 8:53 am

The first throw is from Naihanchi shodan.👍

Jay Strider STRIDER ZONE · August 13, 2019 at 11:20 am

Thank you as always for your knowledge and skill, And names of knowledge to learn more Karate. Thank you so much again.

楊洛天 · August 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm

1:30 can do tani otoshi for takedown

Landoku Ryu · August 13, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Hey Jesse San are you going to do any seminars in the United States anytime soon? I really want to attend. I learned so much just from watching your videos. Its pretty much what open the floodgates.

tomer alper · August 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Great video! Thank you 👍
However, in the last throw, don't you think that it is better to shuffle step instead of crossing the legs? You can cover the same distance and with more stability.

Wayne Mooney · August 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Thank you! For doing what you do.

derrengator · August 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm

Jesse enkamp, do not underestimate the power of your opponet with this 3 techniques! Powerful blows are dangerous!

BURGER KING · August 14, 2019 at 12:37 am

Bruh this guy is just throwing every game.

Edit: he’s so Swedish so it is not even fun.

Btw: Im Swedish so i can say so.

IntegralMartialArts · August 14, 2019 at 12:45 am

Great video – great choices!

Marianella Ang. Martinez · August 14, 2019 at 2:56 am


waza karate · August 14, 2019 at 3:46 am

Gud training for simplicity

Gato Habana · August 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Great stuff there, subscribed.

Rahim Uddin · August 14, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Thanks for teaching me these throwing techniques. Now I can use these in my ippons

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