Saturday, February 22, 2014

Japanese drop morote-seoi specialists: Fujii

The first Japanese drop morote-seoi-nage superstar was Shozo Fujii, winner of the 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1979 World Championships.

Although he also had a very effective tomoe-nage, his principal technique was the drop morote-seoi-nage, which he used to devastating effect in all four world championships.

There's very little footage of Fujii in action because his time was before judo was widely broadcast on TV. However, I managed to get some very old footage of Fujii doing his famous drop down seoi-nage.

Notice how incredibly low his seoi-nage is -- he drops down to his knees and gets right in between his opponent's legs. It's very hard to escape from his seoi-nage once he gets so low and so deep like that. Perhaps that is why he is a 4-times world champion!

Notice how low Fujii gets by dropping down on both knees.
His drop also gets him deep in between his opponent's legs.

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