The thing that made Dimitri Dragin so dangerous with his feet, was his ability to execute Ashi Waza against both right and left handed opponents from a wide variety of positions.
Even when up against a strong left hander who has a dominant grip over the top, Dragin could find a solution. And thi...
When facing a left handed opponent with a dominant grip over the top, Dragin needs to create enough space to be able to get his right hand on the inside lapel.
Having the space enables him to use that lapel to start to apply pressure.
Dragin wants to pull down and then push into Uke’s pectoral ...
With Dragin in his playground area, he needs to free up space on his right arm. He raises his elbow to knock Uke off balance – ending in a perfect position for him to sweep their leg.
As he steps, Dragin performs a shoulder roll.
To do this he moves the top half of his body away from uke. This ...
Dragin’s variation of De Ashi against a left handed opponent with an over the top grip can al-so work if they are on the lapel.
These 2 variations are very similar. The main difference is Dragin doesn’t need to execute the shoulder roll to get the distance between himself and Uke.
Here is Dimitri Dragin’s De Ashi Barai from a standard right vs right position.
Of all of Dragin’s De Ashi Barai variations this was his most successful.
It’s a perfect example of what Dragin’s Judo is all about.
Using his whole body to apply pressure onto his opponent, getting a reaction and ...
Dragin’s De Ashi Barai in a standard right vs right situation, is off the Sleeve and high lapel grip.
Dragin starts by bunching up the sleeve, making sure he has a strong grip on it.
He uses this grip to build the tension on his opponent’s arm.
Then pulls the sleeve down and across the front ...
When Uke starts to move, Dragin makes sure he keeps his lapel hand relaxed, while gripping tightly with his sleeve hand
He also needs to continue to apply his bodyweight down onto Uke’s arm.
It’s crucial however that he doesn't put too much pressure down onto the arm, as this could break their ...
To execute the throw, Dragin wants to attack as Uke’s legs start to move towards each other.
He wants to use the base of his foot to make contact, keeping his leg slightly bent.
He doesn’t mind whether he connects with one leg, De Ashi, or 2, Okuri Ashi. In both sce-narios he drives his leg th...
Dimitri Dragin’s De Ashi Barai was designed for competition, as it was based around capital-izing on reactions. Let’s see how it worked in practise against some of the best in the World.
At the 2011 Paris World Team Championships, Dragin executed this bit of magic against Russia’s Khan-Magomedov...
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NEW | Dimitri Dragin is regarded as having some of the best ashi waza in international judo
Dimitri Dragin is one of the World’s best practitioners of Ashi waza.
Throughout his competitive career the list of those he foot-swept is like a who’s who of Judoka.
He was able to execute his De Ashi Barai from almost any position
Although intending to attack with De Ashi barai, in competiti...
Dragin’s De ashi Barai is executed off a sleeve and lapel grip.
He starts by bunching up the sleeve, making it tight on Uke’s arm. With this strong grip, Dragin pulls their arm across the front of his body, making contact with his chest.
He then leans forward a fraction, applying tension down ...
From the triangle position, Dragin can move onto the next stage. He says there are 3 really important things to remember, to make sure Uke ends up in the correct position: Sleeve, Lapel, and hips.
To be able to attack the leg, Dragin needs to break Uke’s balance, positioning them up on their toe...
Dragin states that ‘the timing for the sweep is of utmost importance, it must come right at the last second.
Uke is almost up in the air before the contact is made.
Dragin wants the under-side of his foot to connect with Uke’s leg.
In order to do this, he needs to make sure that he opens his h...
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At the 2011 World Team Championships in Paris, Dragin executes what is considered to be one of the greatest pieces of Ashi-Waza ever seen on the international stage.
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