Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kyong Sol's gold medal reverse seoi

Perhaps it's fitting that we end the reverse seoi-nage series with an entry about a Korean player since this technique did seem to originate in Korea. (The technique has since travelled widely across Asian and is a regular feature in Japanese judo these days).

North Korea's Kyong Sol was the surprise winner in the -78kg division of the 2013 Rio World Championships. She had used sode-tsuri-komi-goshi extensive in her preliminary rounds and in the semi-final, but in the final she caught her opponent, Marhinde Verkerk of the Netherlands, off-guard with a surprise reverse seoi-nage, which she had not used throughout the day.


Sol catches Verkerk with a very Korean-styled reverse seoi-nage to win the gold medal in Rio 2013.

Key to the success of the reverse seoi is the strong rotation. Right-handers rotate in a counter-clockwise motion, while left-handers rotate in a clockwise rotation. Sol is a left-hander, so she rotates clockwise.

She faces her opponent in a classic kenka-yotsu situation.
After securing a two-on-one lapel grip, she spins clockwise.

As she tugs downwards, she keeps on spinning clockwise.

In this close-up, you see her starting to spin as she drops.

Even before touching the mat, she's rotated considerably.

See how far she's rotated. This is crucial for reverse seoi.

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