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  • 2001 Moscow Grand Prix

    World class Men's Judo at it's best. Highlights of every fight. World and Olympic Champions in spectacular action. Multiple angles and slow motion replays. The first gold belt awards.

  • NEW | Introduction To Judo

    1 season

    Megan Fletcher walks you through an introduction to Judo - how to wear a judogi and tie your belt, when to bow, what are the most common Japanese phrases and what do they mean?

  • 古賀 稔彦 Koga Toshihiko - 新しい風 (日本語)

    古賀稔彦は、背負投の世界有数の専門家であり続けています。日本のトリプルワールドとオリンピックチャンピオンは、彼の世界的に有名な片手背負投を含む、彼自身の信じられないほどの柔道のスタイルを発明しました。

  • Overview | Ude Gatame | Kirill Denisov

    Five-time World medallist Kirill Denisov is mainly a Tachi waza man. But he does have one very effective and decisive piece of Ne waza.

    Denisov’s Ude gatame is set up from a standing position. He learnt it from his former coach; Russian heavyweight legend Tamerlan Tmenov.

    Denisov will use Ude g...

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    JUDO LEGENDS – MORE THAN A BOOK, IT’S AN EXPERIENCE!

    84 PAGES TELLING THE STORY OF JIGORO KANO AND 12 AMAZING CHAMPIONS

    12 TECHNIQUES TAUGHT THROUGH DIAGRAMS AND PHOTO MONTAGES BACKED UP BY ONLINE MASTERCLASSES

    31 VIDEO CLIPS OF T...

  • Overview | Kouchi Gari | Kirill Denisov

    Kouchi gari is a key technique in Kirill Denisov’s judo.

    The five time World medallist uses Kouchi not only to score, but to destabilise opponents and to set up his major throws.

    He mainly uses it when up against right handed opponents, and as well as a classical Kouchi, he has two other main v...

  • Double Tap Variation | Kouchi Gari | Kirill Densiov

    Kirill Denisov is a left handed fighter, so throws with left Kouchi gari.

    He uses Kouchi against right handed opponents.

    If he’s unable to attack directly with left Kouchi, he will set up the technique with a right Kouchi.

    This is designed to destabilise the opponent and push the right leg ba...

  • Skipping Variation | Kouchi Gari | Kirill Denisov

    Kirill Denisov has one of the most complete Tachi waza repertoires in competitive judo.

    His two big forward throws – Uchi mata and Tai otoshi – are complemented beautifully with his three highest scoring Ashi waza – Kosoto gari, De ashi barai and Kouchi gari.

    His skipping Kouchi gari works from...

  • Competition variations | Kouchi Gari | Kirill Denisov

    Kirill Denisov’s most successful Kouchi gari in competition is his skipping variation.

    In the 2011 Baku Masters, against Lithuania’s Bauza, Denisov skips in with a really quick Kouchi gari to score Waza ari.

    With an unusual over the back and cross lapel grip, Denisov wastes no time in initiatin...

  • Overview | Kumi Kata Left V Left | Kirill Denisov

    Multiple World medallist Kirill Denisov is a left handed fighter. When up against opponents who are also left handed, Denisov’s prime target is to catch and then neutralise their power hand, before he does anything else.

    As his opponents will not give up their sleeve easily, Denisov’s strategy i...

  • Catching The Sleeve | Kumi Kata Left V Left | Kirill Denisov

    Kirill Denisov says that whenever he fights left handed opponents, his first thought is always to have control of their left arm.

    ‘How do I catch the left arm’, he says. ‘How do I control it’.

    With his opponents aware of his game-plan, they do as much as possible to prevent Denisov from catchin...

  • Preventing Cross Grips | Kumi Kata Left V Left | Kirill Denisov

    When Kirill Denisov is up against an opponent who takes a high cross grip, or ‘the Russian arm’, he has two very efficient ways of quickly dealing with this dangerous grip.

    The Russian arm is very threatening, as an attack usually follows in quick succession.

    Denisov’s response, therefore, has...

  • Adapting To Switch Of Stance | Kumi Kata Left V Left | Kirill Denisov

    If Kirill Denisov is up against a left handed opponent who targets his lapel with their right hand, he has a very effective way of turning defence into attack.

    With the opponent switching their upper body stance from left to right, Denisov’s main objective is to prevent his left lapel from being...

  • Competition Variations | Kumi Kata Left V Left | Kirill Denisov

    One of Denisov’s most effective strategies against same stance opponents is to come out right handed before switching back to a left stance once gripped up.

    Here’s a good example against Turkmenistan’s Hojamuhammedov in the 2018 Agadir Grand Prix.

    Denisov leads with a right handed lapel grip, w...

  • Overview | Kumi Kata Left V Right | Kirill Denisov

    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 sle...

  • Dominating The Lapel | Kumi Kata Left V Right | Kirill Denisov

    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 Right | Kirill Denisov

    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 Left V Right | Kirill Denisov

    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 ...

  • Abe Hifumi's Seoi Fake To Kouchi | Competition Masterclass

    Olympic Champion Abe Hifumi's 'Seoi fake to Kouchi' is a COMPETITION MASTERCLASS - Where we use never-before-seen super slow-mo footage captured on FF cameras to understand top level technique more deeply than is possible anywhere else!

    Tell us what you think about these breakdowns, and what te...

  • Overview | Twitch Kosoto Gari | Kirill Denisov

    Five time World medallist Kirill Denisov’s Kosoto gari comes from the threat of his highly effective Uchi mata.

    His twitch for the forward throwing Uchi mata gets the reaction in the opponent that allows for the rear throwing Kosoto.

    Denisov has two main variations from the twitch.

    The first ...

  • Tobikomi Variation | Twitch Kosoto Gari | Kirill Denisov

    For the first time on Superstar Judo we can reveal Kirill Denisov’s Tobikomi Kosoto gari.

    His amazing jump in variation of this classical Ashi waza is one of the most spectacular throws currently seen on the International Judo Federation’s World Circuit.

    He’s used it time and time again, year a...

  • Arm Clamp Variation | Twitch Kosoto Gari | Kirill Denisov

    Here is Kirill Denisov’s arm clamp variation of his Kosoto gari.

    With both judoka fighting to get their hip in front, in order to throw forwards, Denisov uses this moment to feint for his Uchi mata, and then go backwards for the Kosoto.

    This usually comes about from the opponent wanting to thro...

  • Competition Variations | Twitch Kosoto Gari | Kirill Denisov

    In this clip we look at the competition variations of Kirill Denisov’s Kosoto gari.

    In the final of the 2016 Qingdao Grand Prix, Denisov fights to get the sleeve of Mongolia’s Khutag.

    As soon as he does, he wastes no time in throwing with a beautiful Tobikomi Kosoto gari.

    Just look at that big...

  • Training Solo | Ashi Waza Training | Kirill Denisov

    Ashi waza is a huge part of Kirill Denisov’s judo game.

    As well as regularly scoring with Ashi waza, he incorporates it into his Kumi kata, his movement and he uses it as a platform to set up his biggest throws.

    For Ashi waza to be such a big feature within his judo requires repetition and va...