Today, I present to you a thing of beauty. Everyone appreciates beauty when they see it. Beauty comes in many forms and invariably Margaret Wolfe Hungerford's age-old saying comes to mind, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".
In the various combat sports there are many expressions of beauty. In Boxing, there is the Knockout. In MMA, there is the beautifully executed Submission. That brings us to the subject of today's post ... the perfectly executed Throw/Counter-throw of Judo. The Women's Team competition of the 2014 World Judo Championships was held recently on August 25th in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
I didn't watch the 2014 World Championships yet, but have watched the match in the Women's 57kg (Lightweight) Semifinal between Automne Pavia of France and Japan's Nae Udaka. Pavia executes a beautiful Ippon counter-throw against Udaka. For the readers who may not know what an Ippon is ... from Wiki:
Ippon (Japanese: 一本) literally "one full point", it is the highest score a fighter can achieve in a Japanese martial arts ippon-wazari contest, usually Kendo, Judo, Karate or Jujutsu.
For most of the match, the ladies were gripfighting, jockeying for position, and looking for openings. At ~1:19 minutes left to the match, Udaka (in the white gi) goes for a Leg Reap to which Pavia (in the blue gi) counters with a beautifully timed Harai Makikomi. On the 'net, there is debate as to the technical name of the counter-throw Pavia used. I have seen it described as a Harai Makikomi. I am using that name as I am not knowledgeable yet of the technical names of Judo throws.
Automne Pavia won this semifinal in the Women's Team competition which helped Team France advancing and winning the Gold. She would meet Nae Udaka again on the 27th in the Individual Women's Competition. Udaka beat Pavia in that match and goes on to take the Gold in the Women's 57kg (Lightweight) Division. Automne Pavia and Sanne Verhagen took the Bronze Medals.
Congratulations to Automne Pavia for the beautiful Ippon and the Bronze Medal. Also, congratulations to Nae Udaka for winning the Gold. Enjoy the GIFs of Pavia's Ippon counter of Udaka from the Team Competition!
For more information, please check out:
- Official Site - 2014 World Judo Championships
- Wiki - 2014 World Judo Championships Women's Events
- Wiki - Automne Pavia
- Wiki - Nae Udaka
For other animated GIFs I've made from Judo in action, please check out:
- UFC 171 GIF Highlights - Jake Shields X Hector Lombard
- 11 GIFs of Ronda Rousey's More Nage Komi video
- Ronda Rousey - No Gi Judo (video and GIF's)
- UFC 175 - Ronda Rousey X Alexis Davis - Animated GIFs
- UFC 168 - Ronda Rousey X Meisha Tate - Rd 1 Highlights Part 1
- UFC 168 - Ronda Rousey X Meisha Tate - Rd 1 Highlights Part 2
- Round 2 Highlight GIF's Part 1 - UFC 168 - Ronda Rousey X Meisha Tate
- Round 2 Highlight GIF's Part 2 - UFC 168 - Ronda Rousey X Meisha Tate
- Round 3 GIF Highlights of Ronda Rousey X Meisha Tate UFC 168
NOTE: Sincerest appreciation to Marc R. & Leigh R. for the share!