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Thanks to Matt D’Aquino of Beyond Grappling for this nice analysis. He covers the grips, the o-uchi attack to square up his opponent, and the finish.
I would add one thing: notice Ono’s standing leg during the osoto attack. Hop-hop-hop. First he hooks his right leg behind his opponent, and to finish the throw he does three little hops. In order to finish Ono’s left leg must be as close as possible to his opponent’s right leg. Some people call that a ken-ken osoto gari.
Enjoy! And check out Beyond Grappling youtube channel.
Take a look at this excellent video on judo combinations, featuring an all-female cast. Including slow motion demonstrations and contest footage.
Some of the combinations demonstrated include:
-De-ashi-barai to knee pick to yoko-shiho-gatame
-Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi to okuri-ashi-barai to kesa-gatame
-O-soto-gari to harai-goshi to juji-gatame
-Seoi-nage to tai-otoshi to yoko-shiho-gatame
And many more…
Sit yourself down and watch this thrilling gold medal match in the women’s -78kg division from London 2012. Kayla Harrison wins America’s very first Olympic gold medal.
First score sequence starts at 2:35 of the video, with a nice hip toss for yuko by Kayla. Gibbons has her left foot forward, Kayla has her right foot forward. Kayla starts with the right lapel grip, gets her left in for double lapels, then shifts her right arm under Gibbon’s left arm and across her back, steps in for the koshi-waza.
In another yuko-scoring sequence starting at 7:45, I was amused to see that even in the Olympic final Kayla utilizes the “look at the ref after the throw to confirm a score.” It works!
It’s not until the final 25 seconds that Kayla really gets into stalling mode, forcing Gibbons to come after her. Up until that point she is much more aggressive than the Brit, with constant attacks trying to finish the match.
Not gonna lie, I teared up a little watching this match. So much emotion! Very few people get to the very top of the mountain in the judo world, and here she is. Enjoy.
There are zillions of judo tutorials out there for many different aspects of judo, featuring everyone from Olympic champions to… those with less distinguished credentials. Most of them are made with someone’s phone. Here is a rare judo video that is shot beautifully, with good lighting and sound, and also features excellent technical instruction.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Kaizen, kaizen!!
(Ashi means foot or leg in Japanese, and waza means technique. Ashi-waza refers to the broad category of throwing techniques where the action of the foot or leg is primary.)