Judo group hails Polish parliament scuffle throw

A conservative party spokesman is taken down by a leg hook in a screenshot from online footage of the incident.
A conservative party spokesman is taken down by a leg hook in a screenshot from online footage of the incident.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

WARSAW (AFP) - A run-of-the-mill press conference at Poland's parliament this week took an unexpected turn when a scuffle broke out and - to the delight of social media - ended with a judo move.

"Minimum effort - maximum effect," the Polish Judo Association tweeted after a conservative party spokesman was taken down by a leg hook.

The clash began when a passer-by tried to pose a question to ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party lawmaker Ryszard Terlecki and got too close for comfort, according to the politician.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z-qXZzlNGg

PiS spokesman Krzysztof Wilamowski sprung into action and tried to pull the passer-by away, but the man swung his right leg around and brought them both down, unharmed.

"Harai goshi is a throw from the hip throw group," the Polish Judo Association said of the takedown move on Twitter, also attaching a how-to diagram.

"And judo can be of use to anyone and anywhere!"