Hip Toss

Putting Your Opponent Down

While fighting an opponent who is also standing up and throwing punches back can be a great way to relax, it is far from the ideal way to fight a serious attacker. If the attacker is on the ground and so are you, then it becomes a ground fight and this is not ideal in a street fight where you always run the risk of their buddy joining the fight.

Rather than tackle my opponent and try and fight them on the ground, it would be much better to throw them to the ground and stay standing. From here we can run away, kick them without much resistance, or stay prepared for other threats that may be in the area.

Getting It To Work

This is a very cool technique to take your opponent off their feet and onto the ground, but as with any technique there are some things you need to make sure of:

  • Pull the arm across the body to assist in the off balancing.
  • Push your pelvis into theirs to gain leverage.
  • Use your other arm to push them over your hip.


Start by practicing this technique on a crash pad (very thick mat). As with any toss from standing, the person getting tossed should learn how to do proper break falls to ensure they don’t jam a wrist, or worse, break an arm. In most cases, if the person doing the throw keeps you tight against them and pulls that arm, you will go over the hip and land pretty softly onto the ground.

If you find yourself with their arm over you knee after the throw, this is a great setup for an arm bar, but it is also a potentially dangerous position if you pull the arm over the knee by mistake. Be careful to ensure you do not injure your partner.

Other Methods

In my version of this technique I am grabbing the wrist. In some other circles you will see people grabbing a belt with the initiating hand and in others they use the belt to send the opponent over the hip instead of just going under the armpit. How do you do a hip toss? Leave your suggestions or ideas in the comments.

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Theodore Kruczek is the founder and head writer of the Okinawan Karate-do Institute. He is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin-ryu with more than 14 years of experience. This site was created as his way of both teaching his own Karate and learning about others.

Comments (2)

  1. When I trained with the Sambo guys in college, we would use the term ‘butt shovel’ since the fulcrum of the action is the hip, and you wanted to make sure yours was under theirs. Personally, I have used this exact technique in a defensive situation successfully, but only to make sure I could exit the situation as quickly as possible. I prefer to keep my feet under me if at all possible- you never know what debris is on the ground.

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