Ichikawa. Part 4

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As I picked myself up off the ground, Ichikawa had to have been licking his chops before he transformed my gift of momentum into another beautiful throw. It just kept going. This guy wasn’t even breaking a sweat and he was smoking me; as fast as I could get up he’d send me back down. And there was no struggle in it. His uchimata (inner thigh throw) was clean, dynamic and instantaneous. A quick pop of motion and I was on the ground. (more…)

Ichikawa. Part 3

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I remember the only girl on our team shouting out “Sugoi” after watching my crude attempt at an osoto gari (outer reaping throw). With a meaning along the lines of “Oh my God!” I thought the girl was impressed by my display of power (and it’s implied virility). I realize now that she was probably mortified and was just bracing herself for a long year with a reckless gaijin (foreigner). (more…)