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Volk Han vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto (RINGS 08/13/97)

Volk Han Yoshihisa Yamamoto RINGS 1997

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#1 Microstatistics

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 08:41 PM

Sublime match with a completely different dynamic from their 94-95 bouts which were more about the underdog Yamamoto trying to survive. Here, he is near/at his peak and so the exchanges are far more competitive. Han does a great job at presenting him as a serious threat with a superb display of subtle vulnerability. The mat exchanges rule as expected (though they are a noticeable step down from the Tamura/Han interactions but that's an awfully high standard to be fair). The standup game is arguably even better and more dramatic and intense. Probably the best thing about the match is the way they use the points system with interesting twists and turns, comebacks and teases. Fantastic finishing stretch as well. **** 1/4

#2 Zenjo


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Posted 24 February 2018 - 05:13 PM

Yamamoto showed some silky movement à la Tamura on the mat. He got pushed hard in late 95 and was a top guy in the final years of Rings. Volk did his thang, and of course ruled at it. No wasted motion. Good fun and easily digestible. I felt like it would've benefitted from a few more minutes. If the only complaint is that you're left wanting more then you know you're onto a good thing.

#3 shodate


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 01:08 AM

Volk Han was the best  shoot stylist of all time   when he  in the ring with  a Top Level Guys  its shows  because they  mesh into Nigh on Perfect  Shoot Style Symphony ****3/4    

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