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Sasei-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi, De-Ashi-Harai, Ko-Soto-Gari & Your Feet

Sasei-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi, De-Ashi-Harai, Ko-Soto-Gari and Your Foot Placement

Many Judoka practice De-Ashi-Bari(Hari) incorrectly. They think they are practising De-Ashi-Bari(Hari) but in fact, are either doing Sasei-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi or Ko-Soto-Gari.

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Not that it matters much in a competition if the throw is successful. In fact, I am convinced that this is why so many don't really know that they are actually doing it wrong. Because they think, "well it works in the competition so it must be correct". But I am convinced that it is good to understand the differences. Understanding the dynamics of how a throw works make a throw, in the long run, more effective.


This video is a quick demonstration of where to place your foot when you're doing De-Ashi-Bari(Hari) and how doing it wrong actually changes the throw from De-Ashi-Harai to Sasei-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi or Ko-Soto-Gari.


So with Sasae-Suri-Komi-Ashi, you put your heel in the instep.

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With De-Ashi-Bari, what you want to do, is you put your heel down low on the instep and your toes around the back of the ankle. That way you get the ability to sweep the foot across Uke's body.

If you put your heel too much on the instep what actually happens is instead of moving Uke's leg in front of the body you force Uke's foot slightly back and in front of the body. So De-Ashi-Harai is harder to pull off but it is the perfect position to pull off Sasei-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi.


If you only wrap your toes around the back, often you end up pulling uke's legs forward and the throw becomes Ko-Soto-Gari.

If you put your whole foot around the back, the throw again becomes Ko-Soto-Gari and you pull the leg forward.

This is a very common foot placement but when you do that, despite what people think it's no longer De-Ashi-Bari.

So placing your heel gently in the Uke's instep and your toes around their ankle is the correct way to place your foot for De-Ashi-Harai. That way Uke's leg goes directly across Uke's body.

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