Okuri-ashi-barai is a spectacular footsweep. When you get the timing right the throw feels effortless. For more ashi-waza return to the judo throws page.
Go to page 32 of “Fifty Throws and Holds” to get a step-by-step guide to doing this technique.
To learn this technique from a master take a look at this lesson by Olympic Champion, Jeon Ki Young. Learn how to set up for the footsweep by faking a forward attack first. This fake attack creates the necessary movement to follow up with the ashi-waza.
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.
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. Watch this video to find out how to counter with Tsubame Gaeshi.
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.
A great way to improve your ashi-waza skill is to practise with your eyes shut or blindfolded. Stop looking for the right moment attack, and instead learn to feel the right moment to attack. This is a great drill to develop timing and intuition.
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