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Lasha Bekauri grabs Gold at Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 31, 2021 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

More excitment at the Judo in Tokyo in the Men's -90kg category as Georgia's Lasha Bekauri went up against one of the firm favorites in the Gold medal match . His opponenet , Evard Trippel from Germany .

This was another great match with the two fighters attacking in tandem to grab the medal , but in the end it was the Georgian who grabbed the gold . 

The Georgian looked as suprised as the German when he scored the deciding point. 

Congratulations must go to Lasha Bekauri for giving such a entertaining demonstration.

Lasha Bekauri (right) Grabs Gold from Germany's Evard Trippel  ( Left) in the Men's Judo -90kg category at Tokyo

Shori Hamada Strikes with Ippon at Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 31, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

After the breath taking Ono Shohei battle I thought that i had seen the best match of the Judo at the Olympics , but how wrong could I be as  the the Women's -78kg would go down as a devastating match to secure Japan another Gold in the Judo at Tokyo 2020..

Up against France's Madeline Malonga  Japan's Shori Hamada would wow the crowds by taking on the French fighter and mind blowingly take her out with a Ippon in a staggering 1 minute and 10 seconds of the match. 

And it was a breathtaking Ippon delivered with a excecution of perfection. .
The French Fighter liturally was staggered by the event .

While Hamada looked unphased by the proceedings and like it was a walk in the park.

Shori Hamamda proved that she is a force to be reckoned with in the Women's -78kg weight class and we look forward to seeing more of her in the future. 

Ono Shohei Goes for Gold in Judo at Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 27, 2021 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Thus so far one of the most exciting Judo matches must be the battle for Gold in the Men's 73kg category .

In the White we have one Ono Shohei , a Judoka who has reached near legendary status in Japan and much of the World. . Even though he does not compete as much as others in the sport , when he does he always comes out winning . 
Here he is defending his Olympic title from 2016 . 

Plus he has been unbeaten on the circuit since 2014. Which is a unbelievable concept in the sport of fighting arts. 

But he has taken some time out to train for this Olympics and has not fully competed in every other tournament. 

His goal is to bring Judo back to Japan as a national sport where it has declined and the West has embraced it. 

This is a man whose goal is not just about winning for sport but for the passion of Judo and the honor of Japan and Judo's founder Jigoro Kano. 

The Man in Blue is one Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia and a powerhouse fighter who became the World Champion at 73kg in Budapest in 2021 earlier this year.

Now both Fighters have contested at 66kg and 73kg. . The Georgian won Gold in Judo at London 2012 and Bronze in Rio 2016. 

Stepping onto the matt the newly crowned World Champion new what he was in for as he has much respect for Ono and the two seem to share the same passion and goals for Judo.

This was a crazy match which exhausted me just watching. , it went the full distance without score as Lasha attacked and attacked while Ono defended and countered each time. Going into Golden Score Ono started to turn up the heat after some time  and I say time as the Golden Score time went over five Minutes. and they had previously been fighting for four minutes. 

Every time Lasha got the hook to get Ono  , Ono would redirect himself away at blistering speed. But then that's the thing with Ono he looks like he's going slow then BAM !  he flies into action and pulls of moves no other Judoka would try in such circumstances. 

When Ono goes out to win he likes to win big and win big he did , getting the drop on Lasha more then nine minutes after they started fighting.

But you know Lasha didn't seem to mind as the two came together to say thanks and they both looked at each other as if to say  , bloody hell that was a long bout. , both looked exhausted as I was from just watching. 

The world Champion had just been dropped by a Japanese modern day legend and he new it  and you could see the admiration the two men shared for each other. 

Both men are Champions of Judo and both will go down in history as some of the finest Judoka the world has seen . 

Ono Shohei taking it to Lasha Shavdatuashvili 

Taekwondo Women's 57kg Contest - Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 27, 2021 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Going back to Day two of the Taekwondo , the Women's 57kg matches. this was where British two time Olympion Jade Jones got knocked out in the early round. 

After finally seeing the match , yes scouring the ney again. 

I managed to see the final with America's Anastasija Zolotic who went up against the ROC's Tatina Minina , the match was a fiery one with America and Russia facing of . Even though this Olympics Russia is banned and each Russion contestant is a individual entrant under the Russian Olympic Committee Banner. 

Hey it's the USA vs Russia. 

The match was very good with successive exchanges of blows  , early on it was a game of chess as Zolotic scored with some good kicks., but Minina took ground back. 

Zolotic's longer reach I think helped and as the third round started Zolotic started to expand her lead while Minina tried to regain her losses 

Zolotic won by 23 to 14 .

Zolotic is one of the rising stars of the sport in the USA and is ranked fourth in the World in her weight class. 

She also secured the first Female Taekwondo Medal in the Olymics for the USA. 

We here at Kickemintheghjoulies Congratulate her .

Anastasjia Zolotic of the USA Taekwondo team celebrates Gold

Taekwondo - Women's +67kg at Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 27, 2021 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Last Nights , well for us in the UK anyway was another nights viewing of the Olympics and the Taekwondo +67kg Women's constest.

For Team GB it was another chance for Gold as thier contender Bianca Walkden had spearheded her way through to the Quarter finals and was up against Kazhakstan's Cancel Deniz  which seemed to be a breeze for the British  Fighter , taking the fight to her opponenet and ending it at a score of 17 to 7.

Next up for Walkden was Lee Dabin of South Korea , a slightly lighter fighter and smaller , but Lee Dabin might have been small but she was sneaky and had a very distinct fight style , but then the Korean's did event Taekwondo and it is part of their school curiculam .

Which is why it's surprisng to see so few Taekwondo break through's at the Tokyo Olympics from the Korean's .
Lee Dabin was one of their last hopes for that Gold medal and she wasn't going to go down easy , but neither was Bianca Walkden.

Team Gb's Bianca Walkden battles through the stages

The match was a tense thrashing of feet and punches , the two fighters came together in flurries of  battle , but during this fight , it was as if Walkden was so desperate for the Gold that she forgot the rules of play , Walkden built up a a massive 8 penalty points  ( Ten and your disaqaulified)  , the coaches where playing their dispute cards , points where being given and taken away by the judges. 

It really was a battle of wits , in the final round Walkden managed to claw back a deficit of like five points, she got ahead with like 8 seconds left of play  and on the very last second of the bout  Lee Dabin landed a decisive blow to steal the place in the final .

This was probably the most exciting match of the Women's Taekwondo as the two adversaries where so close in skill that it was anybodies match , but in the end Lee Dabin came through. to get into the final.

Disbelief for Bianca Walkden of Team GB as she misses out on the Gold Medal match in the final second of her Semi final match.

Taekwondo Women's 67kg - Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 27, 2021 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

More on the Taekwondo , this time the Women's 67kg Contest where Team GB's Lauren Williams made her way through the rounds with some very good fights to get to the final against Croatia's Matea Jelic .

Like Kosovo , Croatia is ranking up some very good Taekwondo and Judoka fighters who are bringing the sport some good press. As is Team GB over the past few Olympics. , But  it seems this Olympics is really the time for Kosovo and Croatia Martial arts in Sport. 

The Gold match for the 67kg Women's Taekwondo was a fun watch which saw each combatent fire shots at eachother and you really couldn't see which way it was going to go

In the end within vital seconds Croatia's Matea Jelic got the points to clinch Gold leaving Lauren Williams to settle for Silver. 

Both fighters put on a great show and deserved their places what ever way it ended. 

Bronze Medalists where Ruth GBagbi of Coti d' Ivoire  and  Hedaya Wahba of Egypt

Matea Jelic of Croatia Goes for Gold

Lauren Williams from Team GB  Loses out to Gold agaianst Matea Jelic of Croatia

Tokyo 2020 -Judo Women's 57kg Winner Nora Gjarkova

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 27, 2021 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Women's Judo 57kg Contest

I am running a few hours late on some of the Olympic Martial art news , mainly because I'm of not getting to see the matches in their entirety , often I'm scouring the Internet  as in the UK the BBC concetrate on their own athletes as with all the other countries , But today i got to see the fianl of this contest all though i had seen the other bouts, 24 hours ago. 

The Gold bout for this one was a controversal one I find , not taking away from Kosovo's Nora Gjarkova's abilities , as she had demonstrated in the previous bouts that she new her game . 

Her opponenent for the Gold was France's Sarah Leonie Cysique .  and even though i thought the beginning of the match was in favour of the Kosovo fighter a takedown at the edge of the matt saw Gjarkova takedown Cysique where unfortunatly the French fighter landed on her head in a clinch , Cysique obviously rolled to protect herself from possibly being hospitalised  , at this point Gjarkova had jumped away from the technique to give space as she could she what was happening .

But unbelievably , what I though might mean another penalty , ended up with the French fighter being disqaulified and the Gold instantly went to Gjarkova.

You should all watch the match as the bemusement on the French contestants face and their instructor was one of puzzlement and really not the way to finish a Gold medal match.

So what I can see is if Cysique had broken her neck she would have been aloowed to continue , but hey she would have not as  she would have been dead. 

Sometimes throws go down wrong , you can't always protect yourself and you have to take evasive measures to get out of it , as a Jiujitsu practioner I know what I'm talking about . 

I just thought this was a bad ending to the 57kg Women's contest and one that shows the rules in play are more of a hinderance when it comes to martial arts .

Kosovo's Nora Gjarkova celebrates her Gold win which came via disqualification of her opponent ( Sarah Leoine Cysique ) trying to get out of a bad takedown which nearly injured her very seriously. 

Taekwondo Mens 68kg at Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 26, 2021 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Mens Taekwondo on Day 2 saw Team GB's hope Bradley Sinden push through the early battles to secure himself a place in the Semi Finals , after a tough bout against China's Zhao Shaui he got the upper hand and was set for Gold , Sinden's technique is quite unique compared to many and he uses a a complicated hoping and twisting method to his kicks which looks to confuse his opponenets .

So to the Gold match Sinden was upgainst a another top fighter that has gone through the Taekwondo ranks and competions as speedy as the legendary figures have been defeated. 

Uzbekistan's Ulugbek Rashitov though shorter in stance and slightly smaller came for a fight and a fight was what he got , the match was a close one and the pair trading shots throughout , point for point it went either way , but in the final seconds when it looked like Sinden had claimed it Rashitov came back witha flurry to take Gold with a score of 34 to 29.

Definetly one of the exciting matches of the Taekwondo thus far.

Ulegbek Rashitov  takes the Gold in the Men's 68kg Taekwondo competition

Sinden went away with Silver but for the Uzbekistani it was a joyus celebration all round in his camp.

Judoka Siblings take Gold for Japan -Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 25, 2021 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Back again with more from Tokyo 2020 , Japan has taken two more Golds in Judo as sister and brother  Abe Uta and Abe Hifumi take the prize in the Women's 52kg and Mens 66kg category's .

Abe Uta got through to the final against  France's Amandine Buchard after beating Brazil's Pimenta witha Ippon in the first round she swept her way through coming up against the UK's Chelsie Giles  winning by Waza-ari and the same against Italy's Guiffrida which went to Golden Score. 

Her match with Buchard went into Golden Score and she won with a Ippon against the European Champion to clinch the Gold.

Abe Uta scores Ippon in Golden Score

Her Brother later went on to beat Geogia's Margvelashvili with a leg sweep in the final match to get a waza-ari .

So That makes three Gold  Medals in the Judo for Japan so far , Jigoro Kano would be proud.

Abe Hifumi strikes a double for the family 

Chelsie Giles claims Team GB's first Medal , with a Bronze in the 52kg Judo Competiton

Congrats also to Briton's Chelsie Giles who got through to secure a Bronze medal for Team GB
Giles got her chance in the Repachage and won against Switzerland's Fabienne Kocher to secure Team GB's fiirst medal of the games

Taekwondo Women's 57kg Shock as Jones out in First Round

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi all back again with more news , this time in the Taekwondo as Welsh two time Olympic Champion Jade Jones representing Team GB gets eliminated in the first round of the Women's 57kg tournament.

Up against Kimia Alizadeh of the refugee team who resides in Germany but cannot as yet represent the country took out the two time Olympic champion as the shocked GB team looked on . 

Having watched the bout you could tell the two time champion was having a tough time as the fiesty Young Kimia brought the batttle on . 

There was even some controversey in the bout as well regarding points scored towards the end as both fighters clashed in a point for point battle which ended up on the floor at the edge of the matt for both parties. 

Anyway Congrats to Kimia who had to flee her homeland and through struggles has made it to the Olympic games and has given one of the biggest upsets of the Taekwondo so far.

It was obvious this games would be different as training regimes have been disturbed due to covid and those younger upcoming stars of sport what ever the disapline have had a extra year to get ready and it's showing that nothing is certain at this Olympics as there's a new breed of Olympian in town and the regulars better beware. 

Jade Jones for Team GB fights to stay in the running against Kimia Alizadeh of the Refugee Team