If you follow the blog you’ve probably heard the name Flavio Canto before. He’s a double Black belt in both judo and jiu jitsu, and he’s an athlete that I admire, not only for this technical skills, but I actually met him during a judo seminar while attending San Jose State University and he truly is a class act human being.
Flavio Canto, I feel, is the perfect blend of judo and jiu jitsu. His kumi kata, or grip fighting skills, are top notch. This allows him to get the grips he needs to attempt his throwing techniques. While his tachiwaza skills are unorthodox, they compliment his jiu jitsu game tremendously, using a variety of tomoe nage and sumi gaeshi techniques to initiate newaza. You can see the jiu jitsu flavor in his newaza specifically, but also a heavy Japanese influence in his tachiwaza skill set.
Watch the video below as the Brazilian product tactically dismantles Hirotaka Kato, a seasoned competitor. Keep in mind that on the international judo circuit, Canto was already infamous for his newaza prowess, you can see Kato is weary to go to the ground with him. See what he gets caught with.