Monday, January 6, 2014

Pietri's Reverse Seoi

One of the most exciting techniques to have emerged as a trend in recent years is the reverse seoi-nage. It was first regularly used by the South Korean player Choi Min-Ho in the mid-2000's but only really became popular amongst Japanese and South Korean players in the past three years or so.

It's so popular in Japan that practically every lightweight player has it in his/her arsenal and even players up to -90kg have been known to use it.

Strangely, unlike the one-handed sode trend that took over the world from the mid-90s until the introduction of the leg grab ban, the reverse seoi seems to be largely an Asian phenomenon. Besides the Japanese and the South Koreans, the Mongolians and Kazakhstan players have been known to use it too.

It's not commonly seen amongst European players although the Italian player Elio Verde could do it well. In the 2013 Rio World Championships, France's Loic Pietri used it to great effect, even winning the final with it.

France's Pietri throws South Korea's Hong with a very Korean-style reverse seoi.

Pietri grabs Hong's lapel with both hands.

He drops down, spinning in an anti-clockwise movement.

With both hands on the lapel, he pulls downwards.

His opponent is at a complete loss as to what's happening.

And here, he uses the reverse seoi again, this time against the Russian player, Vorobev.

The entry is made with two hands gripping Vorobev's lapel.

He drops down, spinning anti-clockwise.

With both hands, he tugs downwards.

A disorientated Vorobev doesn't know which way he's going.

It works for him in the final, where he catches the Georgia player Tchrikishvili off guard.

Pietri's left hand is about to reach for the lapel.

As he grabs the lapel, he begins to drop to his knees.

He spins in an anti-clockwise direction as he falls to the mat.

He just has to tug downwards, and Tchikrishvili falls overs.

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