Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bridging always results in ippon

In the gold medal match of the -66kg division of the recently concluded 2014 Tblisi Grand Prix, Nijat Shikhalizada of Azerbaijan threw Georgii Zantaraia of the Ukraine with a seoi-nage. Zantaraia, who is as agile as a cat, tried to bridge out of it and his back never hits the mat. In fact, he spun completely to his front. Nevertheless an ippon was scored because bridging always results in an ippon for your opponent.

Zantaraia's bridges and his back avoids the mat. Still ippon!

1 comment:

  1. I have no problems with attacking specific athletes that have a 'trick', weve seen it quite a few times over the years. Zantaria was fun to watch because he was so unique, there was no chance of too many doing it like him but I can see where trying to emulate his techniques could lead to more injuries from not landing well.
    The beauty of our sport is that learning to fall which we instill from the first time a child steps on a mat makes it possible to be thrown for an ippon and not be injured, Landing in ackward ways or trying to avoid an unavoidable ippon increases the chances of injury.
    Its a bit like landing on your free arm to stop from falling into an ippon, How many times do we see in a dojo someone injured because they put their arm out in a simple randori, just so they wouldnt be thrown for ippon? Dislocated shoulder/wrist/elbows throughout the decades show that this problem isnt new.
    Doesnt mean I didnt enjoy the Cat's videos on Youtube.
    On different topic, the IJF has to stop the travesty that sees a simple touch of the hand on the upper buttocks sees a judoka disqualified. It is a shido at best, not the punitive equivalent of punching your opponent. Totally illogical and extremely punitive for a technical fault. At youth levels and even national level where travel costs are higher for athlete's family, to see an athlete accidentally foul out 20secs into the tournament is stomach turning for any ref, spectactor, etc.