This is part of a new series of blogs where I breakdown a technique and try to give some insight into its application.
I often write a lot about my thoughts, feelings and emotions around elite level competition and training on Ivo Judo, but I've recently been told I don't often explain Judo technique.
My favourite technique to throw people with is a Drop Seio-Nage. I won’t bother you with where to put your hands, feet etc. However I believe the strategy and timing of such a throw is just as technical and important.
When I want to throw someone with Seio, I usually try and set it up early. As soon as I think I have half a chance I go for it.
Sometimes I get lucky and the fight is over because I cleaned the guy up for Ippon. Usually, however, the guy avoids it and vows to never let me throw him with that, ever. From then on I try and set up a very similar grip but look at other techniques and angles. I want my opponents to think ‘is he going for it or not?’ over and over again.
I do this for at least 60 seconds; from there I try and create a clinch or struggle and hold up the fight, even after the referee calls matte I basically hug the guy and make him shove me off.
Once I get the ‘you are such an idiot I’m going to knock your brains out’ look from my opponent it triggers me to set up my one-sided grip and launch into Drop Seio ASAP.
It doesn’t always work but I must say the ‘I can’t believe that idiot just suckered me in and dumped me for Ippon’ facial expression on my opponent is quite satisfying as I walk back to my line to bow off.
Sometimes coaches over analyse the mechanisms involved in throwing someone, however as my coach Daniel Kelly often reminds his students: ‘It’s a freaking fight!’ As good as your balance breaking, knee bend and shoulder turn is - nothing sets up Drop Seio like an opponent trying to knock you into the next suburb.