On an impulse, I put up a video of one of my throwing sessions to a judo forum: JudoForum.com post
The result is a lot of positive and critical comments on the details of the technique. I would summarize the more critical points as:
- More kuzushi (more pull)
- Get lower (bend more at the knees)
- More consistence in throw dynamic
- More control of uke landing
- Don’t use crash pad
- Do standard version of seoi nage before drilling Koga’s version
Each of these points could be argued, but it’s undeniable that they each contain a grain of truth. I’d say that the experience of posting myself performing a technique online for criticism is a positive one. I have a lot to think about and to work on. As long as I don’t take some of the more negative comments to heart, I think I can grow from this experience.
Ben Reinhardt provided links to a few excellent videos on standing seoi nage. One that was particularly interesting to me (and one I haven’t seen before) is of Hidetoshi Nakanishi (1983 world champ) throwing seoi nage for 10 minutes. I downloaded this video and watched it in slow motion. Just doing that over and over is a great visualization tool.
Also, Ben provided links to these three excellent videos: