Five time World medallist Kirill Denisov is an expert at combining movement and gripping.
Denisov is a left handed fighter. When up against right handers, he uses a circular motion in his gripping patterns.
Primarily, he aims to fight for control of the lapel, before looking to dominate the sleeve.
His preferred high lapel and sleeve grips are relatively orthodox. The success in establishing these grips quickly, came from a high intensity movement pattern and some very unique Kumi kata tricks.
It meant that Denisov regularly found himself in a position in which to throw.
All of his favourite techniques – Tai otoshi, Kosoto gari and Uchi mata – came from these grips.
For the first time on Superstar Judo, Denisov reveals everything about his Kumi kata against opposite stance opponents.
Understand the gripping strategies and patterns he used to dominate the lapel.
The simple, but very effective, tricks that made all the difference.
And the movement patterns that were so effective.
Denisov also reveals his favourite Kumi kata warm-up games, before you get the chance to see him using his techniques at the world’s biggest competitions.
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Dominating The Lapel | Kumi Kata Left...
When fighting right handed opponents who want a traditional high lapel or collar grip, Kirill Denisov’s first aim is to catch the power arm.
Once he’s done this he takes a cross lapel grip.
Before feeding the lapel into his left hand.
He then starts putting pressure on his opponent by pushing ...
Sleeve Control | Kumi Kata Left V Rig...
Once Denisov is in charge of the lapel he fights for his favoured sleeve grip.
He likes to pin his opponent’s sleeve, whilst tucking his elbow into the side of his stomach.
This unique body position allows him gripping dominance, whilst conserving energy in his right arm.
After catching the op...
Competition Variations | Kumi Kata Le...
Kirill Denisov’s lapel feed is the starting point to his most effective gripping sequence against opposite stance opponents.
Competing at the very highest level in international judo for over ten years, the lapel feed was a regular technique Denisov successfully employed.
Occasionally he would ...