Harai-goshi is a judo throw that requires good balance. That balance comes from placing your support foot in the right place.

How to throw with Harai-Goshi

1. Pull uke onto tip toes.
2. As you turn in, keep pulling the sleeve outwards.
3. Sweep upwards with your attacking leg, making contact with the outside of uke’s thigh.

Advanced Harai-Goshi

Spin in entry

You can make your entry more dynamic by spinning in. Allow uke to move past you, then pivot on your support leg and spin in quickly.

The spin-in entry can be used for other techniques like hane-goshi and o-guruma.


Use Sasae-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi to set up for this judo throw. Get uke moving in the circular motion using the ashi-waza to break balance. Follow up with the main waza.

Or follow up a blocked Harai-Goshi with an Osoto-Gari. If uke’s blocks your attack, then use this block. Switch direction. Throw uke backwards with Osoto.

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