Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Update on Hiraoka E-Book (Vol 2: Cross Grip Seoi-Nage)

Today I managed to finish the second volume, which looks at Hiraoka's cross grip seoi-nage, which he does to the left and to the right. A cross-grip seoi does not afford the same amount of control as a morote-seoi-nage so usually uke can avoid a large score like waza-ari or ippon and instead fall to the side for yuko. However, Hiraoka has some interesting finishings to ensure a bigger score is obtained. Here are thumbnails for today's work. (Next up, I'm going to look at Hiraoka's ippon-seoi-nage).

Monday, April 11, 2016

Update on Hiraoka E-Book (Vol 1: Morote-Seoi-Nage)

I've managed to compile the first volume of this multi-volume study of the judo of Hiraoka. The first one is about his morote-seoi-nage. Here visuals of the mock-ups for this volume.

Next up will be the volume on his cross-grip seoi-nage. Stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Working on Hiraoka e-book

Hiroaki Hiraoka

The first e-book I'm working on is the judo of Hiraoka, whom I often refer to as the best Japanese player never to have won a world or Olympic title (although he came close to doing so several times with two World silver medals and an Olympic silver medal).

His technical wizardry is dazzling. In this e-book, I plan to analyze the various techniques he employs in competition. Techniques that will be featured are

 i) Morote-Seoi-Nage
ii) Cross Grip Seoi-Nage
iii) Ippon-Seoi-Nage
iv) Reverse Seoi-Nage
v) Sode-Tsuri-Komi-Goshi
vi) Kouchi-Makikomi
vii) Tomoe-Nage

In addition, I will be looking at the various innovative combination techniques that he uses to catch his opponents off guard. I might include some miscellaneous bonus materials in the form of one-off techniques that he doesn't use often.

I've looked at different e-book platforms and probably Amazon's Kindle is the best option. Still experimenting on how best to do this.