Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crawling out -- then and now

There was a time when if you crawl out of the contest area while being held down, the referee would call matte. Here's an an example of that from 1989:

But these days, as long as the technique begins inside the contest area, it doesn't matter if both players go completely outside the contest area. The hold still counts and if it lasts for 20 seconds, an ippon will be called. Here's an example from 2013:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shohei Ono - Uchimata Man

Shohei Ono won the gold medal at the 2013 Rio World Championships in style -- with a big ippon from his favorite technique: uchimata.

It's not the only throw he does. He also has a very strong osoto-gari. But it's no doubt his main throw. And what an awesome one it is.

He usually takes a quick tug at his opponent and then does a quick step-in and whirls them over. It's really quite a dynamic throw. Have a look at some examples:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bridging always results in ippon (Part 3)

In my postings on bridging, the examples featuring Zantaraia and Hideshima were very clear examples of bridging, where the players' backs were clearly arched.

But even partial bridging results in ippon being given to the opponent because bridging is simply not allowed.

Below, we have an example of bridging by South Korean World Champion Lee Kyu-Won who bridges to try to avoid landing flat on his back, after he was thrown by Japan's Takashi Ono. He succeeds in landing only partially on his back but the referee rightly gives it an ippon because Lee was clearly bridging.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bridging always results in ippon (Part 2)

In a recent post, I highlighted how Georgii Zantaraia tried to avoid an ippon by bridging but the referee still gave an ippon to his opponent.

The "no bridging" rule is not something new. This rule has been around for decades. Below is a clip from the 1993 Hamilton World Championships which shows Japanese World Champion Daisuke Hideshima trying to avoid an ippon by bridging. Although his back did not touch the mat, the referee still gave his opponent, Patrick Rosso of France, the ippon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

IJF President Vizer responds to UCI President Cookson’s suggestion about moving judo to the Winter Olympic Games

(Via IJF) April 2nd, 2014

In accordance with various press materials which quote Brian Cookson, UCI President to have said: "Why not look at combat sports like judo, or other indoor sports like badminton, you could even say what about putting track cycling in the Winter Olympics", as President of the International Judo Federation, I would like to make the following comment:

I have always admired British humor and I can say now that certainly, the UCI President is not lacking it.

In any case, as new President of an International Federation (namely the International Cycling Union), I wish Mr. Cookson good luck and I am available anytime to support him in better understanding the world sports movement and in avoiding press communications at times when he actually does not have any message to transmit.

Marius L. Vizer
International Judo Federation