Dimitri Dragin is regarded as having some of the best ashi waza in international judo
Overview | Front Leg Sasae | Dimitri Dragin
When Dimitri Dragin finds himself in an uncomfortable right v right situation, he has ways to change it.
Dragin doesn’t look to escape, but instead he chooses to use it to his advantage, it was a scenario he trained for.
With both fighters being in a right handed stance all their weight is on ...
Foot Variation | Front Leg Sasae | Dimitri Dragin
Starting in a Right v Right position, Dragin applies pressure down through his sleeve grip, just like with all of his Kumi Kata.
This is done by pulling the arm down and into your body, followed by bringing your bodyweight down onto the sleeve.
Keeping distance between himself and his partner,...
Thigh Variation | Front Leg Sasae | Dimitri Dragin
Dragin starts by bringing pressure down on Uke’s sleeve.
He pulls it down and into his body, and then brings his chest over it.
Like with a traditional Sasae, you must step around onto your left leg, next to Uke’s foot.
It’s important for Dragin to keep distance from uke when he steps around....
Against A Cross Gripped Opponent | Front Leg Sasae | Dimitri Dragin
Most Judoka will look for any way to escape when their opponent has an extreme cross grip, Dimitri Dragin is not one of them.
Instead he looks to attack with his thigh variation of the Front Leg Sasae.
With Uke having an extreme cross grip, Dragin starts by creating some distance.
Doing so rem...
Competition Variations | Front Leg Sasae | Dimitri Dragin
Due to how often Dimitri Dragin drilled the Front Leg variation of his Sasae, it became second nature to him. Now let’s see how he put it to work on the IJF World Judo Tour.
Dragin used his foot variation to great effect in the 3rd round of the 2009 Paris Grand Slam against Britain’s Miller.