Ashi Waza Set Up | Drop Seoi Nage | Dimitri Dragin
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Although Dragin preferred to use his Drop Seoi on opposite stance opponents, that didn't stop him having success with it against same stance opponents.
The execution of the throw is very much identical to that on opposite stance opponents.
The main difference is the set up, getting in the position to execute the throw.
When Dragin and his opponent both had a right sleeve and lapel grip, it would often mean they would both be adopting an extreme stance.
It’s very difficult to attack with the Seoi Nage from this position. Instead Dragin needs to find a way to square Uke up, so he can attack.
Dragin’s solution is a De Ashi set up.
Dragin start’s by bringing tension down onto the sleeve, and begins to pull away from his partner.
They react to this and starts to pull in the opposite direction. Dragin releases the tension and side steps, following Uke.
As they are side stepping, Dragin makes contact with Uke’s leg. He’s not trying to throw with the De Ashi, but instead looking for a reaction, stepping back into a square position.
More detail on Dragin’s De Ashi Barai and how he uses it as a main scoring technique can be found in it’s own season.
After making contact with the De Ashi, Dragin squares up his own legs and lowers his body. This helps stop his partner from moving, and puts him in the correct position to start the execution of the Seoi Nage.
From here everything is the same as the Drop Seoi Nage against left handed opponents.
A flick of the wrist with the lapel hand breaks Uke’s balance, bringing them forward.
Dragin then drives his hips across, rotating and dropping down onto his knees. He makes sure to get right underneath his opponent, and pulls down on the lapel, bringing them onto his back.
With Uke now almost attached to his back, he wraps their left arm into his body, rotating through his shoulders, lowering his body to the floor.
When all combined together with the De Ashi set up and the Drop Seoi Nage attack, it should look like this.
Dragin forces a reaction with the De Ashi, squares himself up and then firing in for the Seoi Nage.
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