Budoshin Ju-Jitsu
The Gentle Art of Self-Defense

Two Simple Fixes

For the Te Nage [Hand Throw] & Tekubi Shimi Waza [Wristlock Takedown0

#1 One common mistake made by newer students is to place both thumbs on the back of the hand, but not next to each other when setting up the hand throw [te nage] – shown here – or for the wristlock takedown [tekubi shioku waza]. The problem with this placement is that the tori is pushing down at two points, rather than one. As a result he has two “pivot points” rather than one.
#2 This common error can easily be corrected by preferably placing the right thumb on top of the left thumb [or both thumbs right next to each other as a second choice]. You can now easily apply twice as much pressure to a single point [preferably on a nerve point] and make the technique much more effective with a lot less effort. There are many alternatives to using the right thumb: right hand, right forearm, etc.] However, whatever other part of your body that you’re also using to press against the tori’s hand, it should be pressing on your left thumb tip for maximum effect.
#3 A second common mistake in setting up either the hand throw [te nage] or wristlock takedown [tekubi shimi waza] – shown here – is placing all your fingers of both hands on the inside of the uke’s wrist. While you may feel that you have a stronger grip [which you probably do] all those fingers are in the way of you bending uke’s wrist.
#4 If you think of your fingers as being the fulcrum on the inside of an angle, you’ll quickly realize that having more fingers at the fulcrum makes it more difficult to bend his wrist. Your ideal goal should be to get just one finger to serve as the base/fulcum [hard to do]. This will make the technique much easier to execute and your index fingers will be pointed in the direction of your “ki flow”, an added benefit.