O-Soto Guruma is similar to O-Soto Gari but in O-Soto-guruma you sweep both legs. Get it right and this is a huge ippon scoring waza!

How to throw with O-Soto-Guruma

1. Set uke up for the attack by pulling their weight to the side you are going to attack.
2. Step wide with your support leg.
3. Swing your attack leg, through the gap between your support foot.
4. Bring you attack leg back hard, sweeping out both of uke’s legs at once.
5. Direct backwards. Control the head throughout the technique using your grip on the lapel to push uke’s chin backwards.

In Combination

O-Soto Gari

This is a double-tap combination. Attack first with an Osoto-Gari. As uke blocks this, release the pressure on the outside leg. Uke, thinking the attack is over will relax a little. Without exiting attack again this time against the far leg.


Use a big circular Sasae to create movement. As uke recovers from this first movement their body weight will sway back. Use this movement to your advantage and follow up with your second attack.


Use Tani-Otoshi to follow up, especially if you really wobble uke with your first attack. Attack strongly with the O-soto and get uke moving backwards. Now finish the throw with the Tani-Otoshi.

How to counter this waza

O-Soto Gari

Use O-soto Gari or O-soto Gaeshi to counter.

To counter make sure you have control over your partner’s sleeve and head and regain your posture.

Take a step backwards and counter attack with Osoto, pulling uke’s sleeve downwards and steering their upper body.

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