Overview | Kouchi Gari | Ugo Legrand
Episode 1 • 1m 47s
Here is Ugo Legrand’s Kouchi Gari. This attack all comes off of his Kosoto twitch. The twitch is used to make Uke move into a position that allows Legrand to attack with his Kouchi Gari.
This attack bears many similarities to Daniel Fernandez’s Kouchi, as it was Fernandez who taught it to Legrand. But as with all techniques learnt, Legrand has adapted it to fit his Judo.
Legrand’s chosen grips are the sleeve, and a deep left arm over Uke’s back. He can attack off the standard sleeve and lapel grip. However, he finds it harder to close the distance and feels more at risk of a counter.
As with all good Judoka, Legrand could use his Kouchi in many different scenarios, not only like this. While he normally relied on the twitch, this didn’t stop him using Kouchi in multiple ways, even as a counter.
Next, Legrand will teach you everything; including the set up, skip across, and execution, along with an analysis of how he used it in competition.
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Set Up | Kouchi Gari | Ugo Legrand
Legrand starts his Kouchi by bunching up Uke’s sleeve with his right hand. With his left, he comes inside Uke’s lapel grip and then takes his arm up and over their back. In doing this he closes the distance to Uke
Legrand takes a deep grip, reaching for their lower back with his left arm. Grabb...
Skip And Execution | Kouchi Gari | Ug...
With the set up complete, the next stage of Legrand’s Kouchi all comes from the skip across. This skip allows him the time to wait and catch the leg at the perfect moment.
Legrand found that when he did the standard Kouchi Gari step, he would feel fixed and it never flowed. However with the skip...
Competition Variations | Kouchi Gari ...
You’ve seen how Legrand demonstrates his Kouchi gari, now let’s analyse how he executed it in competition.
Fighting Romania’s Danculea at the 2010 Tokyo Worlds, Legrand is fighting to keep the sleeve grip. As Danculea tries to break it Legrand sends the left arm over the top and attacks with the...