Judo for Jiu Jitsu – Sumi Gaeshi

Fight 2 Win athlete and 3rd degree Judo black belt Matt Jackson and his son Lawson share Matt’s Sumi Gaeshi, a technique that works well for Jiu Jitsu players.

Judo and Jiu Jitsu share a common root, but as each art developed, they focussed on different elements of the grappling game. In recent years, it has become increasingly common for Jiu Jitsu players to cross train in Judo to improve their takedown game. Here, Matt shows us the sumi gaeshi, a sacrifice throw; a great addition to any BJJ takedown arsenal.

Like in Matt’s previous techniques, stickyfoot and the back take, you want to avoid being in the 50-50 grip situation and go straight for the cross-sleeve grip, so that you have the grip advantage and your opponent doesn’t have a good chance to fight in their comfort zone. Judo players are fierce grippers and you need to get the grip by any means available.

After getting the cross-sleeve grip, you reach over and grab the belt, always putting pressure on their shoulder and on their knee. Your back foot then scoots in, with your but between their legs for the throw. the lead foot now hooks in on the inside of their rear thigh. You then drop while throwing them over your right shoulder to complete the sumi gaeshi. This will bring you straight into side control or the mount depending on your precise gripping strategy. You have to move quickly, as your opponent may pull guard if he senses the danger. When you get a good grip, finish it off quickly.

Stay tuned to Revgear University for more from Matt, so you can level up your takedown game and get the benefit of adding judo to your skill set. Whether you are a striker, a grappler or both, Revgear Sports is where you #belong.

Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports and the founder of WarYoga. He is a 10th Planet purple belt and a Muay Thai Kru having spent over two decades in the sport in Thailand and around the world. Tom has trained Lethwei in Myanmar, Kushti wrestling in India, Zurkhaneh sports in Iran, boxing throughout Europe, and catch wrestling in the USA. Tom also resurrected the ancient techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism from archaic manuals.