O-Soto-Gari is a powerful technique. Master it and you will score many ippons. Set uke up, making sure they are off balance with their weight over the side you are going to attack.

How to Throw with Osoto-Gari

1. Step wide with your support leg, to pull uke’s weight onto the side you are going to attack.
2. Swing your attack leg past uke’s legs, then bring your leg back fast to reap out uke’s leg from under him.
3. Control the head and pull down on the sleeve, to power the throw backwards.

What combination work well with Osoto-Gari

Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi into Osoto-Gari

First, attack strongly with a Sasae-Tsuri-Komi-Ashi. As you become better you can also feint this movement.

Your goal is to create a reaction from your partner.

As they block your first attack, they will switch their weight to their other leg.

This is just the reaction you are looking for. Now attack with Osoto-Gari!

Osoto-Gari into Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi

Now, try the combination in the other order.

First attack with Osoto-Gari.

As your opponent steps back (tai sabaki), follow the movement in a circle and throw with Sasae!

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