Colin Oates

Colin Oates

4 Seasons

Great Britain's Multiple European Medallist Colin Oates joins Superstar Judo as your latest coach

Colin Oates
  • Contact Against Chest | Kumi Kata VS Same Stance | Colin Oates

    Episode 1

    Colin Oates is a left handed fighter. When up against same stance opponents, those also in a left stance, his only thought as he took to the mat was ‘stop the left hand’.

    He did this initially by targeting his partner’s left shoulder and chest, before transitioning down to a sleeve grip.

    Here, ...

  • Dealing With Deep Grips | Kumi Kata VS Same Stance | Colin Oates

    Episode 2

    Colin Oates’s mentality against left handed opponents was ‘stop the left hand, catch the hand, break the grip’.

    He felt most uncomfortable when his opponent managed to get a high lapel or collar grip. If they managed to get the grip, his main way of dealing with it was by easing their hand down ...

  • Competition Variations | Kumi Kata VS Same Stance | Colin Oates

    Episode 3

    In this clip we see Colin Oates’s gripping strategies against left handed opponents, used in the heat of competition.

    In the 2014 Paris Grand Slam, Oates perfectly demonstrates his game-plan of stopping the left hand, by targeting the chest, against double World Champion Rishod Sobirov of Uzbeki...

  • Sleeve Pull Through | Kumi Kata VS Opposite Stance | Colin Oates

    Episode 4

    Colin Oates says that in his early competitive career he spent a lot of the time finding ways to neutralise his opponent’s attacking abilities.

    Against right handed opponents his principle gripping technique was the sleeve pull through. He credits the pull through as one of the main reasons he h...

  • Control Of The Back | Kumi Kata VS Opposite Stance | Colin Oates

    Episode 5

    To move from an average international competitor to being inside the world’s top five in his weight, Colin Oates made some significant adjustments to his Kumi kata.

    The biggest transformation against right handers came when he started to dominate the back of his opponent. Rather than fight for t...

  • Breaking Sleeve Grips | Kumi Kata VS Opposite Stance | Colin Oates

    Episode 6

    A gripping scenario Colin Oates was not happy with was when a right handed opponent pinned his left sleeve, whilst fighting to control his right sleeve.

    Oates’s response was to snap off the sleeve pin on one side, then neutralise his opponent’s grip on the other side, before taking his favoured ...

  • Competition Variations | Kumi Kata VS Opposite Stance | Colin Oates

    Episode 7

    In this clip we see the competition variations of Colin Oates’s gripping strategies against opposite stance opponents. This sleeve pull through allows Oates to get a deep and dominant grip around the back, against Israel’s Raufman, on route to winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Samsun Grand Prix....