De-Ashi-Barai is an ashi-waza (foot technique) that needs perfect timing. Get uke to step forwards. Wait for the right moment…then sweep uke’s foot just before it touches the mat.

How to throw with De-Ashi-Barai

1. Break Balance. Make uke step forwards with one foot by pulling sharply on the sleeve

2. Use the sole of your foot to sweep uke’s foot out smoothly. Attack just before uke places his foot on the tatami.

3. Continue the movement, pull upwards with your arms, and control uke’s fall.

What combinations work well with De-Ashi-Barai?

De-Ashi-Barai into Tomoe-Nage.

Force uke to retreat with the first attack.

As uke moves backwards, this creates a gap for you to swing under for tomoe-nage.

Do not place your foot on the mat between the first and second attack instead continue directly into the second attack.

De-Ashi-Barai into Osoto-Gari.

De-Ashi-Barai into Osoto-Gari.

De-Ashi into Uchi-Mata

As uke avoids your first throw, they lift their leg up. This is ideal! Now you can attack with uchi-mata.

How to counter De-Ashi-Barai?

De-Ashi-Barai countered by Ko-uchi-Gari.

As your partner attacks you with the footsweep, counter by attacking their opposite leg with ko-uchi-gari.

Aim to attack just as uke lifts their leg to attack, and is stood vulnerably on one leg.

De-Ashi-Barai countered by Tsubame-Gaeshi.

Be ready for the attack. As uke sweeps, lift your leg clear of the attack, bending at the knee. Now counter with your own footsweep.

De-Ashi-Barai countered by Uchi-Mata.

Allow uke to attack your forward leg, as they do use the forward movement, to turn in quickly and throw forwards with uchi-mata.

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