Glossary of Judo terminology

Inasu (Deflection of opponent's attack)

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.