Huge Counter at Tokyo Grand Slam

Travis Stevens is one of my favorite judoka since he consistently throws people in international competition with standing Koga-style seoi nage. He is ranked 16th in the world at -81kg as of May 2010, and has had some good success since then.

At the Tokyo Grand Slam yesterday he got caught by Avtand Tchrikishvili (GEO) after a couple good koshi guruma attempts. Tchrikishvili anticipated the attack, stepped in and miraculously was able to counter the incredible forward force of the koshi guruma to lift Stevens all the way over onto his back:

A few things I noticed:

  • Travis likes to switch to an uchimata when the koshi guruma fails by lifting his leg.
  • His favorite grip is the same as mine: right lapel, left wrist, righty stance. He uses this grip for both seoi nage and koshi guruma. However, he looks for the wrist control first, which never occurred to me.
  • It looks like there was a lot of pressure on his back/core when he was countered. I wonder if he gets hurt often from people trying to counter that way. I know I sometimes tweak my back a little from exactly that situation.

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