France's triple World and Olympic Champion Lucie Décosse is widely regarded as one of the greatest female judoka of all time.
She is also one of the most exciting, having developed numerous techniques to match her unique style. Don't miss her very effective gripping and beautiful Ashi waza.
Primary Stance: Right
Learn Décosse's approach to this classic Ashiwaza.
Décosse shows us how she dealt with opponents who wrapped their right arm around her back and tried to pull her in close.
A few great examples of how Lucie made her Kouchi work in competition.
This combination was developed as a result of opponents expecting Décosse's Ouchi gari.
For success, this technique requires distance between Lucie and her opponent and to crush their posture on entry.
Lucie uses this combination against right handed opponents who throw their arm for a high grip.
As opponents reached over the top with the right hand, Lucie would force her left hand into their shoulder, pulling on the sleeve and stabbing at their lead leg.
In this variation, Décosse catches the opponents right arm before they grip moving it across they're body and closing the space to attack.
Some great examples of this fantastic combination in action.
Attacking straight from the grip, Décosse breaks down all of the elements of her double sided Osoto gari used against left handers.
Once she has gained the correct reaction, Décosse releases the pressure she has built and uses her opponents momentum, snapping in for the throw and committing her weight to the ground.
Lucie demonstrates the necessity of catching her opponents lapel hand before they grip, forcing it across their body to gain the required reaction.
This technique was developed specifically for competition, take a look at how she used it across the world.
Due to the reduction of control from a double sided grip, opponents may attempt to turn out of the initial attack. Décosse then followed up with Kosoto gari.
Take a look at this combination in action in the World Championships.
Developed when opposite stance opponents would block her Ouchi gari, Decosse demonstrates how to block the leg and drive to finish her Osoto gake.
Lucie shows how to manipulate the opponents body and destroy their balance to set up her Osoto gake.
Décosse details where to place the attacking leg and how to employ her Ken ken variation to knock the opponent further off balance.
Take a look at Décosse's explosive Osoto gake in action.