Multiple European Medallist Colin Oates is best known for his Sumi gaeshi - it was the technique he scored with most, and he had a total of four variations.
Throughout his entire competitive career, Oates was tweaking, improving and adding different elements to his Sumi gaeshi. There were three important reasons he used Sumi gaeshi. Firstly, to score. Secondly, to get an attack in, this, he said, was a key tactic. With his opponent under pressure and worried about a penalty, they were forced to open up, which would create more opportunities in Tachi waza. Thirdly, he used it as his primary weapon for entry into Ne waza. Against a few players Oates felt that he had little chance of scoring on them while standing up, but felt stronger than them on the ground.
In the next two videos Oates will teach you his standard variation of Sumi gaeshi. He will first show you his unique gripping sequence and how to dominate with both the sleeve grip and with the arm around the back. Understand the breaking of posture, the movement pattern and completion of the technique. Finally there’s a chance to see Oates using his Sumi gaeshi at the world’s biggest competitions.