Increase Your Ippon Arsenal with Shinjiro Sasaki
Shinjiro Sasaki began his study of judo at the age of six in Hiroshima, Japan where he was born. When he turned 18, he began to study the sport at the world-famous Kodokan, established by judo founder, Jigoro Kano, in 1882.
Shinjiro Sasaki would study and attain his law degree and also become one of the top prospects on the Ryotukuji professional judo team. In 2005, Shinjiro Sasaki earned a gold medal at the Kodokan Cup making him the Japanese champion at his weight class, -60kg. As one of the top-ranked judokas in Japan he was a contender for the Olympic team in 2008.
Let's look at a few excerpts from Total Ippon Arsenal so you have a better idea of the quality of Sasaki's teaching style.
Let's look at a few excerpts from the Total Ippon Arsenal so you have a better idea of the quality of Sensei Sasaki's teaching style.
Head Through to Kouchi Maki
In a right versus left situation, Sasaki first secures a right-hand grip on uke’s left sleeve. He then brings his free (right) hand After securing a same-sided grip on the end of uke’s sleeve, Sasaki pulls upwards and places his right wrist against uke's left wrist. He then does a big circular movement (in an anti-clockwise direction) to open up uke and shoots in with kouchi-makikomi. To ensure tightness, he pulls down on uke’s arm so that it sticks to his torso. He finishes the technique by turning towards the ceiling, with his left leg completely wrapped around uke’s left leg.
Reverse Seoi from Top
Reverse Seoi-Nage is a stunning and dynamic throw that is very popular in competition. Quite often it’s done as a drop but in his example, Sasaki does it as a standing technique. Practicing it as a standing technique makes it easier for you to do uchikomi (uchikomi is less practical when done as a drop). In a right versus left stance, Sasaki gets an upper grip. He then positions his right elbow so that it goes on the inside and uke’s arm is on the outside. When executing the technique, Sasaki pulls himself close to uke. He takes an upper lapel grip with his free (left hand) and rotates, in an anti-clockwise direction, towards uke’s back. It’s called a Reverse Seoi-Nage, as traditional Seoi-Nage is a throw towards the front.
Switching Osoto Against Lefty
In a right versus left situation Sasaki aims to secure uke’s right sleeve but uke keeps it out of reach. He uses his right hand to pull on uke’s left sleeve so that he can pull uke tightly towards him, with his elbow inside. This elicits a reaction by uke to pull back and create some distance between the two. At that moment, Sasaki will open up uke and step in like doing Ippon-Seoi-Nage but instead of turning completely and throwing to the front, he throws to the back using an Osoto-Gari movement.
These three throws are just a very tiny example of the many techniques you will get on the Total Ippon Arsenal from Shinjiro Sasaki. Get your copy here at JudoFanatics.com or at the BUY NOW link below.