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Kaeshi waza - Counter techniques

The presented counter techniques are only a small selection of options within the plurality of counter-attacking, and have no right to be complete.

Some fighters tend in certain competition situations to a wait tactic with the intention to counter the opponent when he starts his favorite technique. The counterpart is the most effective response to an attack, because the actions of the opponent can be converted directly into our own victory.

Occasionally fighters take even a seemingly careless, a particular opposing throw approach provocative pose (challenge feint) to the opponent when he tackles and groping as it were in the case to throw a counter technique: It is for example on the left leg standing, the right leg steps one ahead. If the opponents (supposing an opportunity) now trying to do O soto gari, we turn to the left, pulls back the attacked leg and throws the opponent even with O soto gari.

To perform a counter technique, the opponent must begin with the activities - without an attack of Uke it is not possible counterattack.

The judoka will of course observe the movements and actions of the opponent and then take advantage of a faulty, recognized in time or to slowly approached throw to carried out a own counter-casting technique (direct counter-throw).

A wait-fighting tactics may sometimes be short-term (eg at a nervous and hurried accreting opponents) attached - just as valid on the other hand is the ancient martial wisdom: "Attack is the best defense" There is no general rule about whether to fight mainly offensively or defensively. This decision we must always make for a respective opponents and change it during the fight scene. You have to practice counter techniques as good as attack techniques. First because well known throw knowledge are the base of good counter techniques, second because you have to fight at any time in a position of self-determination attacks, especially when you consider that not a fight between the opponents will come up when both are restricted just waiting to ambush an approach of the enemy, except that it is also prohibited by the fighting rules.

Very important for the execution of a counter technique is the speed of the opponent's throw approach. One should not react too late. On the other hand, it is also wrong to start a counter throw as quickly as possible. If we provide a counter-movement that is in proportion to the speed of the opponent's throw approach too fast, the opponent has not yet been "put into it" in the throw and could with a relatively safe standing, prevent our counter-technique.

As a good trapper you must be able to wait for the right moment and also be fast enough to take advantage of a weak position of the opponent at the right time consistently.