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No Leg Grab rule: Steven Seagal's solution to Judo & wrestling

Steven Seagal's solution to Judo and wrestling (A comment on the No Leg Grab rule)

In the video below, Chadi discusses the importance of Judo as a martial art and the value it holds beyond just Olympic competition. He argues that taking away techniques, such as the "leg grab" rule in Judo, is not a solution to the challenges faced in the sport. I do not completely agree.

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Chadi highlights the effectiveness of techniques like "morote gari" and "harai goshi" in countering attacks such as leg grabs or "shooting". He also demonstrates how "Tawara gaeshi" can be used as a counter to the "morote gari" technique.

Chadi believes that Judo has solutions and counters for everything and that the techniques and history of the martial art can provide valuable insights into the sport. He points out that even techniques from Judo, such as foot sweeps and reaps, have found their way into wrestling.

Although the video uses a humorous clip of Steven Seagal to illustrate its point, Chadi argues that there is a serious discussion to be had about the value of Judo and the importance of not taking away techniques. He concludes by inviting viewers to add their thoughts on the topic.

Whilst I agree with Chadi that we do have to be careful to make sure we continue to teach the whole range of Judo, I am convinced that it is perfectly acceptable to separate training for competition (Sheai) and Randori (competition without points) training.

In support of this argument, I point to Kata.

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Kata is always taught separately from Sheai training. There is therefore no reason why Randori can’t be the same. That is, if you are using Randroi for Sheai training you don’t include that forbidden techniques. But if you are training for training sake or even for self-defence then you can include those techniques.

I have made it clear that I am no fan of the no leg grab rule but as a means to the end of making Judo distinctive from other martial arts in the Olympics then I have no problems.

When the rule was first instigated the IJF did a very poor job of communicating the reasons. Had they done a better job of telling everybody that it was to distinguish Judo from other Martial arts they could have avoided a lot of controversy. In fact, they still don’t seem to want to avoid this particular controversy so the discussion goes on. But it is not that had to live with and still be true to the spirit of Judo.

I still teach leg grab throws in class. It’s not that hard to separate it out from Sheai.

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