Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Matsumoto's Sode (the failed attempts)

Just as I had done for Takato's impressive sode-tsuri-komi-goshi, where I featured clips of his successful attempts followed by clips of his failed attempts, I am doing the same with Matsumoto here.

I believe it's instructive to see the failed attempts for two reasons. Firstly, when comparing the successful attempts with the failed ones, you can analyze what was done differently that made all the difference. Secondly, it makes us realize that even the great champions must try and try, over and over again, to have the successes that they have with their favorite techniques. Because we are so used to watching highlight clips only, we sometimes get the false impression that top players score big each time they attempt their tokui-waza.

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