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Mat Techniques

Superman Bridge

Reference: Guard Superman Knee Drop Pop

This technique is an example of using the bridge when in the guard to sweep someone preparing to pass the guard.

Movie of Superman Bridge.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Bridge

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start where Uke's arms are in and Uke is holding Nage's pants, protecting Uke's arms. Uke has made a mistake in leaning far enough forward that Nage can strike Uke's neck but that is not essential for this technique. Nage could grab Uke's arm or anything available.
  2. In Fig. 2 Nage's left leg hooks Uke's right leg. Nage's right leg pushes off of the floor for Nage to bridge. In this case Nage can strike Uke's neck and push on Uke's neck to help the bridge. Nage's left hand is also pulling on Uke's right arm.

    Fig. 3 Roll Over Fig. 4 Finish Roll

  3. Fig. 3 shows Uke rolling over Nage as Uke falls.
  4. Fig. 4 shows Uke on Uke's back at the end of the roll and Nage is getting up.

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Last Update 12/8/2008