I'm 6'5" and am having problems with the two hip throws we're learning so far: o goshi and ippon seonage. Specifically, I'm having problems getting low enough and, either as a result of my failure to get low or as part of a seperate problem, I'm keeping my feet way too far apart. My instructors are very nice and patient about correcting my form but, at the same time, they say in a smiling fashion that throws more suited to my body type (tall) will come later. Is that true in your expereinces? In other words, is it your experience that very tall people can be successful judoka or is the art fashioned in such a way as to be highly favorable to shorter individuals? Am I forever relegated to step on the mat and have my opponent know that, becuase I'm tall, I'm going to be limited to a certain limited set of techinques?
I'm not discouraged and am not at all considering doing something else but I would be interested to hear the thoughts of experienced judoka on the matter. Thanks in advance for your comments.