I can't remember where I came across this clip (right) a few weeks ago but it blew my mind.

The little old guy in it apparently weighed 45kg. That's just north of 7 stones!

His name was Kyuzo Mifune and he is considered widely to be the greatest exponent of Judo after its creator, Kano.

I know next to nothing about Judo but what I do know if that usually as soon as somebody gets their base of support taken away from them, it's game over.

They're getting thrown.

In many sports, our base of support is our feet or foot on the floor. As long as we can keep our centre of mass above our base of support, we can stay balanced.

These examples, with Mifune competing with 6th and 7th dan (he was the 4th man ever to be awarded Judo's highest honour, 10th dan) Judoka who seem younger and larger than him, see him taken off his feet on numerous occasions without ever being thrown.

How can this be?

If you watch closely, Mifune always has a base of support even without his feet on the floor.

He uses his opponent as his base.

By always keeping his centre of mass above his opponent (his base as he is being thrown), he maintains full control of his movements and balance.


This is an act of bodily genius that it will have taken him many years to develop.

If you're not a Judoka, is there a benefit to you being unthrowable?

I say yes.

Having such a sharp awareness of yourself in relation to the surfaces that support you is essential in many sports.

If you resist contact from opponents, could you more skilfully position yourself to make best use of all your contact surfaces?

If you sit on something in your sport, could you improve your awareness of your sitting position relative to the base of support of what you're sitting on? This is of course different for a bike to a unicycle to a horse.

Improve your ability to use all those surfaces you have contact with.

Let them support you.

Become more unthrowable.

Arton "Zero dan" Baleci