Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Zantaraia Countered: Ippon!

Zantaraia Countered: Ippon!
The mighty Zantaraia has a devastating hugging kosoto-gari but sometimes he gets countered in a big way. Like here.
Posted by JudoCrazy on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Both players face each other square on. Both holding belt grip with both hands. Very unorthodox.

Zantaraia comes in with a hugging kosoto, which he had used to win the 2009 World Championships.

Uke responds with a frontal ura-nage attack, by lifting his left knee upwards and arching backwards. Ironically, this is a technique that Zantaraia also favors.

Then uke switches to a hip throw. This kind of utsuri-goshi movement is becoming more popular these days, with players like Zantaraia himself and Hungary's Krisztian Toth and Japan's Naohisa Takato using this technique frequently.

Zantaraia is flung over uke's hip and sent smashing to the mat.

Initial impact is on his side.

But he ends up on his back. It could have been a soft Ippon but Waza-Ari was given instead.

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