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.
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Now you have the basics, let’s look at the details. Let’s take a look at footwork.
Where you place your support foot is essential to making sure you…
1) Stay on balance
2) Have power to drive the throw
Here’s a simple training drill to help you learn where to put your support foot.
To do this drill, lay a judo belt down on the mat. Get uke to stand on the belt. Now practice attacking with Osoto-Gari. Aim to place your support foot on the belt to the side of uke. Give yourself enough space to swing your attack leg.
Welldone! By the way, you can find more drills in the book, 20 Judo Drills and 10 Judo Throws.
Next, here’s a combination to try: Sasae-Tsurikomi-Ashi into Osoto-Gari.
Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi into Osoto-Gari is a classic combination, and want to know the best thing about it? You can use it both ways. So, you can attack first with Sasae, or first with Osoto.
Here is how to do it:
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!
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!