I was having a conversation with a Russian judoka who was explaining to me some details on how to properly execute an uchi mata throw. And it slowly began to dawn on me how many elite judoka he was friends with. One of them is Georgii Zantaraia, a judo world champion, and one of the most dynamic and exciting judoka competing today.
Here’s a video of him uploaded by my new Russian friend:
It’s strange to see a greater-than-life figure dressed in normal “civilian” clothing and yet still playing beautiful judo. Imagine starting a bar fight with this little 130 lbs guy. On a hard floor, you would probably not make it out alive.
Here’s a highlight of Georgii, wearing a gi this time