Friday, September 26, 2014

Davtyan Kouchi-Gake

In competitions we see lots of kouchi-gari and kouchi-makikomi. What we don't see very often is kouchi-gake.

It is usually done from an ai-yotsu situation (left against left or right against right). It was most famously employed by Japan's Hirotaka Okada in the 1991 Barcelona World Championships when he threw his opponent Joey Wanag of the USA with a massive kouchi-gake that had to be seen to be believed.

Here, we have an example from Armenia's Havhannes Davtyan, who throws his opponent with kouchi-gake.

Breakdown Sequence of Pics

It's left vs left, with Davtyan having a dominant high grip.

He comes in with his left leg hooking his opponent's left leg.

This kouchi is clearly a hook (gake) and not a reap (gari).

Davtyan weighs down on his opponent to take him down.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The IJF App (iPhone & Android) now available... free!

(Sept 17) Today, the International Judo Federation released its brand new official application, available on smartphones (Iphone and Android). The application, which has been developped in English and is free to download, features all necessary information about the world judo life: News - Calendar - Results - Photo Gallery. It is automatically synchronized with the IJF official home page and gives direct access to the IJF Facebook page, to the twitter acount and to the IJF live TV web chanel. Information about all the IJF members and about the IJF itself and its partners are also available through an easy navigation system.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A very tiring match

Certain kinds of judo styles are more tiring than others. Georgia's Beka Gviniashvili is a powerful player but his fighting style leaves him -- and his opponent -- totally exhausted. Watch his enervating battle against Japan's Masyu Beiker in the 2014 Paris Grand Slam and you will see what I mean. As the five-minute match progresses, both men take longer and longer to get up from the tatami after an attack.