Avoiding the Penalty for Stalling in Judo

I’ve been watching videos of judo matches from the Tokyo Grand Slam. As my own judo gets better, I start to notice more and more details in these matches about gripping, footwork, strategy, timing, etc.

One of the things I’ve noticed, especially in the female divisions, is the use of what are essentially a succession of quick kicks that are supposed to look like footsweeps but don’t involve much upperbody commitment. The most popular of these is the kouchi that would never throw anyone but is designed to give an appearance of attacking. I’m talking about attacks that look something like this (except of course with good posture, etc):

The key observation I made is that the ref’s are buying these non-committed attempts as positive judo. The players that were putting together these combinations were not being penalized for stalling.

I need to utilize this strategy more often, especially against stronger defensive players that don’t open up. In order for me to throw, I need them to open up, and a pretty good way to do that is to get a yuko lead through penalties. Of course, the story is a little different in randori when people don’t get penalties, but such combinations just might frustrate folks enough that they try to throw (thereby opening themselves up to be thrown).

0 thoughts on “Avoiding the Penalty for Stalling in Judo

  1. scranton mma

    great analysis Lex.

    also dont forget drop seonage is a great way to get the attacks on your side and force a penalty for the other guy. the cubans used this strategy a lot as well. drop seonage also eats a lot of time off the clock by going into newaza.. depending on the ref of course. either way it is always a good idea to try to get a penalty on the other player.

    good luck

    1. Lex Post author

      I’ve been punished for a half-assed drop seoi way too many times to do it 😉

      Here’s an example:

      Basically, you really have to go for it, but you’re right it’s hard to counter, but like the video shows it can be punish with a choke.

  2. Andy Lee

    I’ve seen that too, and it seems to me one would have to be very careful. Aren’t half-hearted footsweeps just asking to be countered with tsubame-gaeshi?

    By the way, nice blog — I linked to it from mine.


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