Thursday, February 5, 2015

Matsumoto's Kouchi-Gake

Matsumoto has a kouchi in her arsenal of techniques but it's not kouchi-gari. Rather, it's kouchi-gake and she does this only in an ai-yotsu (right vs right) situation. It can't be said that this is a favorite technique of Matsumoto as she does this rather infrequently. It's more of an opportunistic attack, when she is faced in a touch ai-yotsu situation, she will attack the leading leg with this hooking technique.

Kouchi-gake is not a common technique but it was made popular in the early 90s when Hirotaka Okada used it to great effect when winning the 1991 World Judo Championships with it.

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