We have been working on transition a lot over the past few weeks, it seems ne-waza is being encouraged more in competition recently which is good to see. Ideally you should be able to make your transition work in around 5 or 6 seconds to make it effective, the quicker the better.

In this video clip you will see an excellent turnover which starts at around 3 minutes 30 seconds of the fight.

WC Tokyo 2010 Akimoto JPN v Elmont NED

This is a very good example of transition and you can see he has obviously practiced it many many times. Even though he had used it in earlier rounds of the event, his opponents were still unable to stop the turnover. It is sometimes wise to have a favorite technique in Ne-waza as well as Tachi-Waza and be able to use it from many different situations and scenarios. If a technique is well drilled and rehearsed it is difficult to stop. Ask Kosei Inoue’s opponents ? I guess they planned and practiced ways of stopping his Uchi-Mata, but in reality they were unable to stop it.


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