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Figuring out your opponent – How the experts do it !

Today we looked at how elite Judoka can figure out their opponents quite quickly and identify the main strength of their opponent. Look at the 2nd video below and you will see how Takamatsu (JAP) is able to quickly gauge that Burton (GBR) is trying to dominate him with a strong over the shoulder grip and he is trying to wrap up his arm as this is one of Burtons favorite tactics as you can see in the first video of Burton V’s Perrault (CAN).

1st Video Link – copy and paste into your browser


2nd Video Link – copy and paste into your browser



Takamatsu is happy to flop a couple of times so he can work out a strategy to stop this strong grip. He constantly keeps moving, he blocks Burtons arm from coming over his shoulder, he bats away Burton’s grip, he maintains an upright posture and uses his shoulder to shrug of the grip. The contest slowly changes for Takamatsu from being dominated by his opponents grip, to being in control and Burton getting a Shido. More importantly he has stopped Burtons offensive tactics. When he feels in control he is then able to unleash a massive ippon-seoi nage, which was probably his first meaningful attack in the contest. Note how tight the arm is locked in to Burtons shoulder, note the big pull with the left collar grip creating the Kuzushi and when he completes the throw he throws off the side of his body by rotating his shoulders and not throwing over his shoulder.

Excellent work Mr Takamatsu !!!



Athlete profiles – For the EJU L4 Performance Coach Award & Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching (European Judo Union)

This is the second post for my assignment on the EJU L4 performance coach award. I will Introduce the group of players that I work with on a daily basis.

There are 10 of them in total and the age range is between 16 to 18 years of age, female and male judoka, with the lightest being 48Kg and the heaviest 110Kg. There is a wide range of ability within the group from Junior Great Britain squad players, England squad players and regional players. The group have an excellent work ethic and will to train hard and they all have a good understanding of the technical and tactical skills needed to perform at this Junior level. In following posts  I will blog about some of the coaching sessions conducted recently and include how as a coach I choose to present the material, ask questions, and to correct misconceptions, and to encourage the athletes to explore.