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Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi: Judo Throw, Up Close & Personal

Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi: A Judo Throw For A Tight Spot

There is a prolific belief among many Judo competitors that if you pull your opponent is very close and hold them there, so much so that you are almost hugging them to death, They can't do anything to beat you. But few of those players ever have Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi in their throwing arsenal.

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Before the rules that defined this behaviour for long periods of time as none combativeness, you could see a lot of this in the international competition videos. The players would begin by pulling each other in tight and down low so that the entire match was done with both players bent in half.

Pulling Close And Tight

This has now been replaced with many players simply pulling the other player in close and tight. As you can see from the video, this is the perfect set up for Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi. In fact, this throw was often the perfect response to both the 'in tight' and 'down low' type of play.

It is not polite to call someone a "sucker" in Judo but I well remember competitions where I was not winning but only giving the other player a hard enough time when suddenly they would pull me in close under the mistaken impression that in such a position I could do nothing. In my mind, I could never help thinking "Sucker" as I applied Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi.

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He Pulled Me In Close

I even had one occasion where I was losing badly to the other player and for some inexplicable reason, that will always be impossible for me to comprehend, he pulled me in close. I don't know, perhaps he was just tired and thought that this was a good place to rest but I was forever grateful to him for giving away the win. Even though he was not.

Trust me this is a throw you should not neglect in your training even if you hardly ever use it.

Here are a couple of videos to show how this throw should be done:

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