Kazakhstan's Yeldos Smetov is a side-takedown specialist. He normally does the standard version used by many European players but occasionally he also does a cross grip version similar to the kind made popular by Russia's Mikhail Pulyaev.
Here is the step-by-step breakdown:
|Smetov cross grips uke's left sleeve (holding it with his left hand) and uke's right lapel (holding it with his right hand). You could say it's a double cross grip. This is the set up for this takedown.|
|He dives into the technique, pulling uke down with him.|
|As he goes down uke is pitched forward and onto his front.|
|At this point it looks like uke will fall flat on his front, which would be no score.|
|The double cross grip allows Smetov to achieve a rotation just as uke is about to hit the mat.|
|Flat on his back. Ippon!|