Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Commentary on Okano vs.Cadiere randori

What I see here (besides Okano totally out-classing the westerner)...
  • Relaxed, upright posture.
  • Light, free motion
  • Okano is able to control Cadiere's balance through his hands, mostly without stiff-arming.
  • Okano is much more grounded and stable - Cadiere is more springy up-and-down and twitchy left-and-right.
  • Okano allowed Cadiere to make the first several attacking actions before busting him (with left seoiotoshi)
  • Okano passes wide around the guard as he throws instead of throwing into the guard, then passing.
  • Okano was frequently ducking under Cadiere's collar grip, passing that grip to his other side, seemingly inviting a makikomi, but Cadiere never exploited it.
  • Okano repeatedly diffuses Cadiere's inside ashiwaza by grabbing the knee and passing it to the outside of his legs - without even trying a leg pick throw.
  • Okano's wrist of his power-hand grip in every large throw that he attempts - that wrist is bent back into a pushing position instead of locked straight into a fist like we teach beginners (see the throw in the last few seconds of the film for the best view of this)
  • Cadiere frequently used what looked like a hip-twitch feint (assuming those weren't abortive throwing attempts), and the hip feint never worked worth a darn.  In fact, it got him busted with an inside sweep early in the film.
  • Both players seem to have good game on both left and right sides, but Okano appears to wait more calmly and put together throws based on what is available, whereas Cadiere appears to have 2-3 pre-programmed combos that he tries.
  • Cadiere is no slouch, even though Okano makes him look like a child.  In fact, Cadiere appears to move and set up combos a lot like I do, so I suspect I would have fared about the same (or worse) vs. Okano ;-)

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Patrick Parker
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