Okuri-Ashi-Barai is a spectacular footsweep. When you get the timing right, the throw will feel effortless. Remember to sweep both legs.

How to throw with Okuri-Ashi-Barai

1. Make uke move to the side.
2. Just as uke’s legs come together sweep them out from underneath uke. Use the sole of your foot. Keep the movement fluid and smooth.
3. Don’t forget to use your hands! Lift uke’s body upwards.

Advanced Okuri-Ashi-Barai

Sweep both feet!

This throw, at first glance, looks similar to De-Ashi-Barai. Both are ashi-waza (footsweeps), but in De-Ashi-Barai you sweep one foot, and in Okuri-ashi-barai you sweep both feet.

How to counter

Use Tsubame Gaeshi to counter sweep an Okuri-Ashi-Barai. First you must read your partner’s attack. Anticipate the movement. As they go to sweep, lift your foot clear by bending at the knee. Now continue the movement and counter-attack. Tsubame Gaeshi is not a technique in the official 40 throws of the Gokyo, but it is in the Shimmeisho no waza.

Combine with Osoto-Gari

All ashi-waza are great for setting your opponent up for a follow up technique because they create a big reaction from your partner and this movement is what you are after. Use Okuri-ashi-barai to set up for Osoto-Gari.

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