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Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi – See this judo throw


Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi is an ashi-waza that requires movement and control. For more foot-throws like this see a full list of judo throws here.

How to throw with Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi

  1. Create movement by quickly stepping to the side and pulling uke into the space you leave behind.
  2. Use the sole of your foot to block uke’s forward step.
  3. Turn your head and look towards where you want to throw.

Darcel Yandzi Video

Watch Darcel Yandzi’s dynamic version of this throw. Yandzi, one of the world’s leading coaches and former European champion, wrong foots his opponent with a brilliant hip twitch, before the attack.


Use this ashi-waza to create massive movement. By breaking your opponent’s balance and getting the momentum started, it is easy to score with a second technique.

3 classic combinations:

  1. Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi into O-Guruma. Get uke moving in a huge arc, by attacking wide, aiming to create movement. Now follow the movement spinning in for an entry to O-Guruma.
  2. Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi into Hane-Goshi. This type of movement can be followed up by a whole range of techniques that use this type of spin-entry, like O-Guruma, Hane-Goshi, Ashi-Guruma, Harai-Goshi.
  3. Osoto-Gari into Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi. Attack hard with the Osoto-Gari, aiming for uke to block your attack. Step wide and follow up with the ashi-waza in the opposite direction, using uke’s over-defensive position to your advantage.


Counter this throw very much like how you would counter Hiza-Guruma, by anticipating the movement and attacking the support leg. It is important to read the movement, and stay on balance while you perform these counters.

3 possible counters:

  1. Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi countered by O-uchi-Gari. Read the attack, and stand strong. Drop your centre of gravity and attack your opponent’s support leg with either an ouchi-gari or ouchi-gake. Drive backwards catching your partner off balance.
  2. Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi countered by Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi. As your opponent goes to attack move in quickly to beat them to it, and attack with the same throw. To make this work you need to catch your opponent completely by surprise.
  3. Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi countered by Kosoto-Gake. Block your opponent attack and counter with a strong Kosoto-gake to the rear. Use your grip on the collar and sleeve to change the direction the throw, looking towards where you want to throw.

Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi Tutorial

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