Ole Bischof was a quite remarkable judoka.

Bischof competed in two Olympic Games. The first was in 2008, when he became Olympic Champion. And the second was four years later in London, when he won the silver medal. He was also European Champion and a World medallist.

What made Bischof’s Olympic success so impressive was that he was not able to dedicate full time to judo. As an amateur athlete in Germany he was not in a position where he was able to train as much as he’d like to. He was already thinking about his future, beyond his competitive judo career, and so put a lot of emphasis on academic studies.

So his judo career largely became focused around the Olympic Games. His first goal was to make sure he qualified and competed at the Olympics. The second goal was to really make sure he was in the best possible condition for it.

As a result he had to be clever when training. He didn’t have the luxury of having as much mat time as his rivals, so had to beat them in other ways. He developed an amazing judo system, where he invented techniques and had a thought process behind each and every movement, grip, throw, transition or groundwork technique.

Superstar Judo feels privileged to be the platform to bring you Bischof’s judo system.

For the first time you will be able to find out how Bischof identified his strengths, weaknesses and areas he wanted to develop.

Bischof is a great grip fighter. He had to win each and every Kumi kata exchange, in both training and competition. If he didn’t, then he would analyse why, and set out to find new and innovative ways to dominate in grip fighting.

When it came to Tachi waza Bischof developed a system of throws that went in every direction, and from multiple grips. He would work out the balance and direction of his opponent very quickly and adapt his throws accordingly. To be a success he points out that it’s important not just to throw forwards and backwards, but to the sides and in diagonal directions.

Certainly his reputation as a groundwork specialist will be one of the things Bischof will be remembered most for. He won numerous contests in Ne waza at the world’s biggest tournaments, using a wide variety of techniques. As with his Kumi kata and Tachi waza Bischof invented new and interesting techniques, with different variations.

This is a new level of coaching, never seen before in judo. Bischof first presents his techniques with an overview. This is followed by each technique being broken down into segments, focusing on grips, entry, direction and execution. Finally, the technique is put back together and followed by examples of Bischof making them work at the world’s biggest tournaments.

Shot from multiple camera angles, including ground-breaking super slow motions, Superstar Judo gives the viewer the feeling of being on the tatami with Ole Bischof. This is judo coaching like never seen before.

As Bischof’s success alludes to – if you focus your judo in the right way, always striving to develop new ideas and putting the emphasis on quality, rather than quantity, then you will be able to massively improve your judo and fulfil your true potential.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to join Bischof on the mat…


Danny Hicks

Director - Fighting Films

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