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How to do Reverse Sankaku - Kelita Zupancic

Judo | 5 min read | 09/07/2018

One of the most popular newaza techniques on the IJF World Circuit is none other than the Reverse Sankaku. Kelita Zupancic has been perfecting this technique throughout her entire career. Over time, reps, and some fierce focus, Kelita has become so proficient and good at it that she wins most of her matches on the IJF World Circuit due to it. And some other seriously hard work and components. Reverse Sankaku is only one move in a series of moves that Kelita Zupancic links together. The 1, 2, 3 punch combination of the series is what makes Reverse Sankaku so effective for Kelita.

Having options in newaza and an arsenal of techniques to choose from can be the difference maker between champion and runner up."

While initially, this can feel a little hefty, ultimately adding techniques like this will benefit you big time. Instead of feeling stuck or predictable, you’ll be well on your way to the podium in just a matter of time.

Reverse Sankaku Done With Ease
This technique can be broken down into some fairly simple steps. Luckily for us, our teacher Kelita is superb at both the technique and teaching it. In fact, Kelita often covers classes at the world-renowned US National Training Site, Pedro's Judo Center. The Boston based site boasts some of the best judo players in the world and is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. And even if you’re not, we’d still highly recommend it!
Keep in Mind
A few things to keep in mind when drilling this technique: You have to make sure you have a good partner. It is your partner that you’ll need to depend on to help you out through the movements when initially learning. These new movements can seem super foreign when first starting out with Reverse Sankaku. In time, it will become second nature and you’ll be thrilled to add it to your toolbox.

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