In the video clip below, a skirted woman lands an absolutely brutal variation on the Ipon Seoi Nage known as the Drop Seoi Nage, in which she drops to her knees and uses her momentum to launch her foe over her shoulders and onto the unyielding ground below, face first.
The initial interaction between the two seems heated, but also somewhat playful, when all of a sudden the female judoka turns her body, and uses flawless and fluid technique to drop her fellow combatant directly onto his face, immediately rendering him unconscious and unable to continue.
What happens next makes it seem as if there had been no real animosity, as children can be heard laughing as the woman helps the man to a sitting position, then tries unsuccessfully to help him stand.
The Japanese martial art of Judo is also known as “the gentle way.” For many, it is simply a gentle way of brutalizing an attacker that seeks to do them harm. Responsible for the development of fighting styles such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Russia’s Sambo, Judo is an effective fighting style that often allows those who are small in stature to toss and throw larger opponents in flashy, spectacular ways that would be impossible without a solid grasp of the techniques involved.
Although judo may be known as “the gentle way,” what occurs in this clip leaves little doubt in the mind of the viewer that there is simply no gentle way of propelling someone over your shoulder and onto the hard ground with nothing to break their fall but their soon to be broken face.
If there are two lessons to be learned it is that judo can provide a skillset that is very effective in defending one’s safety, and also that it is not a child’s game to be taken lightly.