Here’s a judo match from the 2011 Pan American games. Travis has exactly the game (even the same gripping strategies) as I’m trying to develop. There’s a beautiful sumi gaeshi, an omoplata, and finally an armbar turtle turnover:
I look forward to seeing how he does in the 2012 Olympics. I believe that he is one of the real hopes for judo gold from us next year.
As I said in a previous post on this forum, Travis Stevens is one of my favorite judoka to watch. He goes for big throws and has a complete game (including submissions and pins). Too bad in that post I put a video of one of his throws being countered with a powerful ura nage. So I decided to make up for that and make a video highlighting his Koga-esque seoi nage:
He plays righty stance with the left lapel grip and right wrist control. Basically, everyone know what’s coming. It’s either ippon seoi nage, koshi guruma, or a belt grip. But it still works. From the belt grip, he goes for a hip throw or sumi gaeshi. This is very similar to what I do, except of course he throws top level players in the world for ippon with it.