Hane Goshi

Spring Hip

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This throw is very similar in many ways to Harai Goshi and is often used in combination with it.  A Tori might wish to attack with Harai but misses the leg and then converts to Hane Goshi as a result.  However, there is a big difference.  Harai Goshi relies upon a 'sweep' of the leg.  The sweeping leg should be extended with the toes pointing and the Uke is carried up with this sweep.  In Hane Goshi however, the essence of the throw is in the word 'spring'.  The throwing leg is bent (different proponents prefer varying levels of bend with some being almost straight to others almost a right angle at the knee) and hits the Uke's leg as if it was a spring which was compressed and has now been released.

For the throw to be effective it is very important for their to be firm body contact between the contestants.  For this some people prefer the right hand to grip Uke's back but it is perfectly possible to do this with a standard grip as can be seen here and is, in most cases preferable as the rear grip creates as many problems as it solves.


Here you can see the key components of this throw frame by frame:



David Sensei

Used this throw to great effect in his youth. The power generated by the 'spring' of the bent leg against his opponents allowed him to propel much heavier opposition into the air. To get his technique, David used to practised this throw against a brick wall whilst waiting for the school bus. If he turned and 'sprung' his leg correctly, it didn't hurt. However, if his aim was off, either his ankle or knee where bashed.