Iliadis losing to Peters by Hansoku-make

In this video clip from the recently concluded 2013 Paris Grand Slam, you’ll see Olympic and double World Champion Ilias Iliadis of Greece losing to Dimitri Peters of Germany.

Iliadis, who recently moved up a weight class, is clearly outpowered by Dimitri. Iliadis actually started out his career competing at -73kg and steadily moved up to -81kg, then -90kg and now -100kg.

The main reason Iliadis lost though was that he was still not used to the new rules. Referees are now quick to penalize players for one-side grips, double-handed grip breaks and non-combativity. Iliadis got penalized for all these things until he got disqualified with hansoku-make.

The lesson in all this: fight in the right weight class and familiarize yourself with the new rules.

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Riki Nakaya’s Reverse Seoi

Here is Riki Nakaya doing a reverse seoi. It starts off as a standing technique but he soon drops to the ground and does a roll to score against his opponent.

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Lee Kyu-Won’s Reverse Seoi — Double Stab (Part 1)

In this sequence, we see “Reverse Seoi” specialist, Lee Kyu-Won of South Korea, attempting his famous technique twice in a row (one after another). This is sometimes referred to as a “double stab”. In this case, his first attack did not achieve sufficient rotation (which is necessary for this technique). Instead of abandoning the technique, he gets up and immediately launches into another “Reverse Seoi” straight away, and this time, it works!

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Lee Kyu-Won’s Reverse Seoi (Front & Side View)

In this posting, we continue to examine the “Reverse Seoi” as done by South Korea’s 2009 World Champion, Lee Kyu-Won.

In the first example, he is seen throwing Takashi Ono of Japan with a perfect “Reverse Seoi-Otoshi” which would have scored ippon had the referee not called matte just as Lee began the technique. There was no score given but it does give us a clear front view of how the technique is done.

In the second example, we get a side view of Lee executing this technique against Ono. This time, the technique doesn’t work as smoothly and only a yuko is scored. Nevertheless, it gives a good perspective of how Lee twists and drops into the technique.

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Lee Kyu-Won’s Reverse Seoi

Every now and then, new techniques come into vogue and everybody seems to be using them. One example is the “Laats Takedown”, which was very popular amongst European players (it’s now banned because it involves a leg grab). Another is the “One-Handed Sode”, which was popular throughout the world. Now, the latest trend seems to be the “Reverse Seoi”, which practically every Korean and Japanese player has in their repertoire.

This technique was first popularized by Korea’s World and Olympic Champion Choi Min-Ho, who could be seen using this as early as 2003. However, this technique really came into fashion only in 2010 when it was used with great frequency amongst Korean and Japanese players. Interestingly, the Europeans have not really picked it up yet, although Italy’s Elio Verde can be seen using it from time to time.

The Japanese player who specializes in this is Hiroaki Hiraoka. Takashi Ono and Yuya Yoshida have also had some success with this. World Champions Masashi Ebinum and Hiroyuki Akimoto have also been seen trying this technique.

Korean players who use this include double World Champions Kim Jae-Bum and Wang Ki-Chun. However, the one who has really made this his tokui-waza is World Champion Lee Kyu-Won, who uses this technique more than anything else.

In this posting and the next few after it, I will be examining Lee’s unique approach to the “Reverse Seoi”. It’s worth mentioning that the Japanese refer to this as “Reverse Seoi-Otoshi” while Neil Adams has referred to it as the “Reverse Seoi-Nage”. Which is more accurate?

Actually, it depends. Most of the time, it is done as a drop technique where you literally roll your opponent onto his back, so in such a case, “Seoi-Otoshi” is more apt. However, occasionally, it is done as a throw, where you spring up and hurl your opponent onto his back. In such a case, “Seoi-Nage” would be a more appropriate term to use.

Lee mainly does it as a drop (“Otoshi”) but occasionally does it as a throw (“Nage”).

The first example I want to show you comes from his gold medal match in the finals of the -90kg class at the 2009 World Championships. His opponent was Kirill Denisov of Russia who dominated most of the fight with his heavy gripping. However, in an opportunistic moment, when Lee managed to get the grip he wanted, he dropped underneath a surprised Denisov and rolled him over for ippon.

The sequences below, which offers views from different angles, illustrate how Lee did it.

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Judogi Pyramid

The world's first judogi pyramid launched at the 2011 Paris World Championships (IJF)

On first day of competition at the 2011 Paris World Championship, the first-ever pyramid of judogi was officially inaugurated by Jean-Luc Rougé, President of the French Judo Federation and new Secretary-General of the IJF.

The idea behind the judogi pyramid is very simple: Every spectator, athlete or official can bring a judogi, drop it into the pyramid and he/she will receive a 30% discount for a new judogi from Greenhill or Adidas stores in Bercy. ”

The donated judogis will then be used in judo-related social projects globally such as Judo for Peace, Judo for Children, 100 Black Belts, etc.

Former World Champion Ruben Houkes (NED) donates his judogi (IJF)

During the ceremony, former World Champion Ruben Houkes of Holland donated his judogi. Ruben, who is involved in the IJF Judo for Children Commission, believes strongly in the concept of using judo as a development tool to promote a better society.

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2011 AIPS Judo Award

David Finch (3rd from left) & Thierry Rey (4th from left) (IJF)

The AIPS Judo Commission decided to give the 2011 awards to veteran photographer, David Finch, and to famous TV presenter, Thierry Rey (also a former World and Olympic champion).

The AIPS (Association International de la Presse Sportive), founded 87 years ago (1924) in Paris, has within its framework various Specialist Commissions and among these commissions is the one for the sport of judo.

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