Thursday, September 29, 2011


I'm the first to admit I don't really know my tomoe-nage from my uchi-mata.  It's not my fault.  I'm a BJJ guy with a background in collegiate/folkstyle wrestling and Karate.  If you wanna talk tilts and leg riding, I'm your man.  Or, maybe you wanna talk bo staff katas and inward chops (aka hand swords) and/or swap stories about Ed Parker's lustrous hair. I can do that.  As much as I'd like to, I just can't talk shop about judo.

Sure, like a lot of BJJ athletes, I've spent a good amount of time drilling basic Judo trips and throws.  But, I'm out of my league when it comes to the high level stuff.  Case in point, the ridiculously freaky cool ippon in the video below, from a match at the World Judo Championships that took place last month in Paris. As the name indicates, this event is the pinnacle of judo competition (on par with the Olympics) on the international circuit.  That means any of the competitors would pretty much slam the sh%t out of any (or most) of us.  Thank god we have armbars and triangles (and nunchucks).

Now watch a jammin' sode tsuri komi goshi (roughly translated = you have been owned).  I've already revealed my lack of expertise, but from the untrained eye, this looks to be a high risk, extremely difficult, all-or-nothing, badass throw. 


  1. It's an inverted reverse fireman's carry suplex, isn't it?

    Nice find, fun to watch.

  2. The throw that Koga made famous

  3. It's a beautiful throw.. It is not an uncommon throw in competitive judo tho..

  4. It's a very common, high % throw in high level Judo. Very rare on the local scene. It requires a lot of hand strength and good timing to pull off.

    BTW, I don't know if that's supposed to be sode in your picture, but it's not. Sode tsuri komi goshi translates to roughly 'sleeve lift pull hip throw', it always uses the sleeve grip on the power side.


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