1 + 2 = 3

As we all know, there are three parts of a throw in judo:

1) Kuzushi (off balance)
2) Tsukuri (fitting in)
3) Kake (pulling the trigger, so to speak)

I like the way Kyle Sloan Sensei expressed his way of looking at those elements. He doesn't think of going through them as a series of steps: 1, 2, 3.

Rather, we ought to think of "1+2=3". In other words, we get kuzushi, then add tsukuri, and a natural result will be the kake.


  1. I'd buy that.

    I think that a lot of the problems we experience is we try to pull the trigger before we have kuzushi and tsukuri - we all know that 1is not equal to 3 and 2is not equal to 3 but we still try to MAKE 3 without having the 1 and the 2 to add up. Pay more attention to 1 and 2 and you'll get better 3.

    Pay more attention to smearing uke with 3 and you'll suck.


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