If you want to study open guard, lasso guard, and omoplata’s, then it is best to go to the source of those concepts : Antonio “Nino” Schembri. Nino, also known as Elvis due to his love for the king, is a Gracie Barra Black Belt that created the open guard styles that we see today. Nino had minor successes in IBJJF Worlds and ADCC, as well as MMA (he famously upset Kazushi Sakuraba in 2003 in Pride 25). In every match that I have seen him in, he is extremely active and always hunting for those arms and shoulders.
David Meyer has his place in the pantheon of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as being a member of the “Dirty Dozen” – one the first 12 Americans to be promoted to Black Belt. David also is distinguished as the first American to medal in a world championship, taking 3rd in the absolute division in 1998.
For this weeks My Favorite Match, we depart the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling to focus on their cousin, Judo.
I am a fan of International and Olympic Judo and have paid attention to it on and off since the days of Mike Swain in the late 1980’s. With the internet and Youtube it is now much more available to watch. I encourage everyone to drop in occasionally and take in a Grand Prix or World Championship.
I have introduced you to Travis and wanted to bring this match to your attention. His opponent in this semi, is Ole Bischof, from Germany. Ole was the reigning -81kg Olympic Gold Medalist from Beijing in 2008. From my scant research, this was not their first meeting.
I enjoy this match for its intensity as both go at each other. You can tell there is a little heat between the two. In comparison to other matches I have seen, the best way to describe this is violent.
This Olympics is also the last time that Judo used Referee Decisions to decide matches that were tied after regulation, then overtime, known as golden score. I must plead ignorance to the judging criteria of Judo, so I don’t have an opinion either way on the end result (even though someone got robbed!).
Enjoy Travis vs Ole
ps…don’t be deterred by the 31 minute time of the video. Travis and Ole go first. The match is about 19 minutes, because there are two blood timeouts to patch Travis back together. Just fast forward to the action.