De-Ashi-Barai is an ashi-waza (foot technique) suitable for beginners to learn. For more judo throws see the full Gokyo.
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, pulling upwards with your arms, and controlling uke’s fall.
Find a fully illustrated step-by-step tutorial on page 9 and 10 throw in Fifty Throws and Holds. You can buy this book in our shop.
To watch an ashi-waza master, Keiji Suzuki perform this technique take a look at this taster video. Suzuki, twice world champion and an olympic champion is well know for his skilful footwork.
This ashi-waza is the perfect technique to use to destabilise your opponent. Use this judo throw to change uke’s stance, attack their forward leg and make them step backwards.
As they move, and are forced to react follow up with a second attack.
By learning how to counter a throw, you understand its weaknesses better. The best way to counter this foot-sweep is to anticipate it. Be ready for it, so you can keep your balance on the other foot, and use the foot under attack to attack with yourself.