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Example 1, Bridge Movement.

Movie of Example 1.

The bridge is one of the major tools used on the mat to break our partners balance. On the mat it is the same as Off Balance when standing. On the mat Uke is much more stable because Uke can balance on both hands, both legs and head. Uke is not limited to a two point balance. The Bridge is the most basic movement exercise.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Bridge

  1. Fig. 1 shows Nage starting lying on the floor on Nage's back. This is a typical pin position. Uke would be on top of Nage in one of many ways.
  2. Fig. 2 shows Nage bridging up to break Uke's balance.

    Fig. 3 Roll To Shoulder Fig. 4 Roll To Knees

  3. In Fig. 3 Nage has broken Uke's balance and is rolling to Nage's left shoulder to throw Uke off.
  4. In Fig. 4 Uke is off and Nage is on hands and knees to continue the attack.

Example 2, Top Mount Strike Bridge.

Movie of Example 2.

Fig. 5 Start Fig. 6 Deflect Arm Fig. 7 Bridge

  1. Fig. 5 shows the start with Uke posed to strike Nage in the face.
  2. Fig. 6 shows Nage deflecting and catching the strike as Nage starts the bridge.
  3. Fig. 7 shows Nage bridged up tossing Uke over Nage's left shoulder.

    Fig. 8 Roll Up Fig. 9 Stand

  4. Fig. 8 shows Uke on Uke's back after the toss and Nage rolling up to Nage's feet.
  5. Fig. 9 shows Nage standing for the knee drop. The taller Nage stands the more power in the knee drop.

    Fig. 10 Knee Drop Fig. 11 Pop

  6. Fig. 10 shows Nage with the knee dropped on Uke and Nage's hand poised for the pop.
  7. Fig. 11 shows Nage popping Uke in the neck or face. After this Nage rolls Uke over for the pin as in Guard Superman Knee Drop Pop.

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