Glossary of Judo terminology
Inasu (Deflection of opponent's attack)
"Inasu" (Deflection of opponent's attack) refers to the deflection of the opponent's attack by moving abruptly in a direction which the opponent has not anticipated. This is an essential technique in Judo, and is commonly seen when the contestants are in a grappling stance. The contestants grapple to evade each other's maneuvers and to obtain the grip which is best suited to the Waza they intend to employ. When in a Kenka yotsu (asymmetrical grips by the two opponents) stance, the distance between the contestants is greater, making a Waza more difficult to apply, and a contestant must execute his Waza in a sudden motion while evading his opponent's maneuvers.