A Conversation with Judo Olympian Morgan Endicott-Davies

A Conversation with Judo Olympian Morgan Endicott-Davies

Morgan Endicott-Davies is one of the greats of Australian Judo.

Morgan competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, finished up 5th at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, won the 2004 Oceania Championships and 8 Australian National Championship Gold medals across 3 different weight groups.

During our conversation, we talk about his journey, from starting Judo at the age of 19 in Japan, to competing at the 2004 Olympics.

Morgan also talks about his experience in other combat sports, discussing his MMA fight, Sambo competitions and winning Bronze at the Sumo World Championships.

After taking a step back from representing Australia Internationally, Morgan turned his focus to other areas of his life and talks about how his experience and the lessons learnt on the Judo mat have translated into successful business ventures.

How To Throw with Sode Tsurikomi Goshi

How To Throw with Sode Tsurikomi Goshi

Sode Tsurikomi Goshi (Sleeve Lift-Pull Hip Throw) is a Judo throwing technique.

It is a variation of Tsurikomi Goshi (Lift-Pull Hip Throw) and is also categorised as a Koshi Waza (Hip Technique).

The throw is typically executed by gripping both of your opponents sleeves and turning in, as you would for Tsurikomi Goshi, maintaining tension through the sleeves and throwing your opponent over your hip and on to their back.

As with any throw, there are different variations around this main framework.

In 1997, Sode Tsurikomi Goshi became an officially recognised throw by the Kodokan and was subsequently added to the Shinmeisho no Waza.

How is Sode Tsurikomi Goshi different from Tsurikomi Goshi?

For a traditional Tsurikomi Goshi, you grip the sleeve and lapel whereas for Sode Tsurikomi Goshi, you take a double sleeve grip and instead of driving up through the lapel, you drive the sleeve up to break your opponents balance and lift them up.

If you watch the video below covering Tsurikomi Goshi, you will see how the Lift-Pull action is generated through the sleeve and lapel grips and if you watch the video until the end, you will see in the competition variations, how the action of the lapel grip can also be applied through a “top grip” at the back of the opponents neck.



How to do Sode Tsurikomi Goshi.

In this new video, you will learn how to grip, turn in and where to place your hips so you can effectively throw your opponent with Sode Tsurikomi Goshi.

You will have the option to choose between three different hip positions to find the one that best suits you and your style of Judo.

I will show you a version where your hips are in a similar position to an Uki Goshi, the more traditional position as used for Tsurikomi Goshi and a deep hip position resembling Koshi Guruma.

The versatility of Sode Tsurikomi Goshi makes it a great throw to have in your arsenal.



Final thoughts on Sode Tsurikomi Goshi

Learning how to do Sode Tsurikomi Goshi is very important for any aspiring Judoka.

Even if you never use it in randori or competitions, it is still worthwhile learning for these three main reasons:

  1. You understand how to recognise and defend against it if someone tries to throw you in randori/competition.
  2. For grading purposes.
  3. For the continuation of Judo knowledge.

If you’re planning to add Sode Tsurikomi Goshi to your throwing arsenal for randori and/or competition, it is a great throw to learn both right and left handed.

In Judo, it is very important to have a throw (at the very least) that you can do both left and right and because you have the double sleeve grip for Sode Tsurikomi Goshi you are positioned nicely to surprise your opponent by switching directions, making you a much more formidable foe.

I hope you have fun experimenting with Sode Tsurikomi Goshi during your next Judo session.

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