Keiji Suzuki

Keiji Suzuki

9 Seasons

In our opinion, Keiji Suzuki is without question the world's leading expert on Ashi waza.

Suzuki fought in the same era as his great Japanese rival Kosei Inoue. In 2002, when Suzuki started making a name for himself, Inoue was already an international superstar, having won two World Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games.

Suzuki designed a judo system that was based on every type of judo opponent and scenario. His repertoire of techniques catered for every direction, every type of grip and every style of opponent.

This is the first time Suzuki has revealed his Ashi waza to the world. He breaks down each and every Ashi waza, showing grips, leg movement, foot placement, posture, balance, weight transference and execution. There is also the chance to see Suzuki using his Ashi waza at the world's biggest competitions.

We filmed in the same Kodokan dojo that FF used to film the great Toshihiko Koga back in 2001. It was a real pleasure and honour to work with Suzuki. He is a true hero of ours. He epitomises everything that is great about judo. He opened our eyes to the real capabilities of Ashi waza and judo. We cannot wait to share with you his ideas, concepts and techniques.

This is judo in its purest form.

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Keiji Suzuki
  • Overview - Combinations | Suzuki

    Episode 1

    Suzuki found that bigger, stronger opponents would try and dominate his head and pull him in. He had to find ways to unsettle them – De Ashi Barai, and this combination was his answer.

    Fearful of this attack, it worked as a great deterrent to his opponent ’s, who would be reluctant to pull hi...

  • Upper Body - Combinations | Suzuki

    Episode 2

    There are two clear upper body movements for this combination, and they are both lead by the collar hand.

    First, Suzuki pulls their upper body down and to the left, and then he changes direction, rotating Uke with both arms in a steering wheel type motion.

  • Lower Body - Combinations | Suzuki

    Episode 3

    The lower body has two clear directions. The Kouchi comes first; it’s a big kicking action, but Suzuki places his power and weight onto his supporting leg, giving his left leg a light feeling to it.

    Next, he places his left leg down and before Uke can adjust catches their outstretched leg with...

  • Sasae, Kouchi, De Ashi | Suzuki

    Episode 4

    The Sasae into the Kouchi requires a quick bit of footwork as you are attacking with the same leg twice. He does a sort of ‘hop step’, first placing his right foot down then immediately switching back to his left.

    He does it all from the left collar and sleeve grip that he uses for both Kouchi...