fleischlaberl Riner will be remembered for his outstanding physique, playing with other heavyweights like toys. He will not be remembered for his outstanding Judo. Quite contrary to this Yamashita Yasuhiro will be remembered for his outstanding Judo both Nage Waza and Ne Waza. What was so impressive by Yamashita?
He always had a natural upright posture (shizen tai) and took a classic lapel and sleeve grip. He always was centered and made only very small movements to test the opponents balance and inbalance. Yamashita had a great defence through fast and smooth and proper body movements. For a streak of many years, nobody had Yamashita of his feet and the opponents were the creme de la creme of heavyweight Judo of the late 70ies and early 80ies. When he attacked, he simply exploded to perfect O soto Gari, O uchi gari or Uchi Mata. If the throw was not perfect, he transitioned to the ground and did Yoko shiho gatame or Okuri eri jime with great precision. Sato - his coach - said, that Yamashita has the fast feet of a cat and the balance of an elephant. Yamashita was never beaten by a non-japanese. I strongly recommend a book written by Yamashita "The fighting spirit of Judo"
[?]erc80 Its funny that they don't put an asterisks denoting that the 8 world championship title record occurred after 2007 when it became an annual event barring Olympic years. Was kind of hard for anyone to get more than four let alone Tamura's amazing record.
[?]jon-ryuga Do you know where I can get his book online?
[?]fleischlaberl I bought it for 2 bucks out of a Library of a Judo club. They sold all their books on a flea market: Great Judo Books like "Best Judo" by Inokuma and Sato, "Dynamic Judo" by Kudo, "Vital Judo" by Okano, Kodokan Judo (edition 1955 I think) , Modern Judo" by Seisenbacher and Kerr and some fine works by Leggett, Herrigel and Schutte. After buying about 15 books for 30 bucks I asked, why they are selling such profound and good Judo books. They said, the youngsters and the competitors don't read Judo books because they watch youtube ...
[?]bretters_at_work Wow misinformation Teddy Riner is not undefeated. He lost in 2008 in the olympics and was forced to fight up for bronze. It was supposed to be the big showdown between him and Iishi that never happened. He again lost in the 2010 open vs Kamikawa. Lets call it as it is. He is great but he is not unbeaten.
That's true. The loss against Kamikawa is not his only loss.
[?]Billbobb2 Teddy Riner's judo is sloppy. If it wasn't for his natural born size he would be far less successful.
[?]strafefire I am personally of the belief that the rules passed since 2010 have only benefited him immensely.
[?]aronnax512 You're not the only one. It's really hard to avoid touching the legs of a guy that's 6'8".
[?]war_lobster Wasn't Michael Jordan exciting to watch? Does anyone who's not French get excited about Riner's matches? I've got a theory that when Riner retires the IJF won't feel it's so imperative to ban leg grabs anymore.
[?]yknik More like Wilt Chamberlain. Just a supremely physically superior athlete of his time.
[?]Bag_of_Drowned_Cats He's more like the JJ Watt of Judo.
CNN Sport @cnnsport Replying to @IntJudoFed @teddyriner Yasuhiro Yamashita: "I believe @TeddyRiner's objective is not to pass my win streak, but to discover & overcome his own individual limits." pic.twitter.com/7xqMQoiAX0