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Kata Guruma No Leg Grab Competition Variations

Kata Guruma No Leg Grab Competition Variations

With all the controversy surrounding the no-leg rule in Judo competition, one of the throws that people think suffer is Kata Guruma, here are two examples of a variation that works without grabbing the legs.

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There have always been competition-compatible variations of Kata Guruma. The one I teach in class is a drop-to-your-knee type (Video 1). But the version in Video 2 is much closer to the original in that Tori remains standing (Video 2)

The beauty of the video 1 version is that you don't have to go to the ground at all. This means that you are in a far less vulnerable position if you are unable to complete the throw.

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The arguments will go on endlessly about the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the no-leg-grab rule. Particularly about how it affects and sometimes limits throws. I will admit to contributing to those arguments. But the reality is that Judo is so adaptable that someone will come up with a way to live with such changes sooner or later. These two videos are a perfect example of this type of adaption.

Video 1

Video 2

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