Glossary of Judo terminology
Suri ashi (Footwork)
The term "Suri ashi" (Footwork) refers to the Suri ashi (Footwork) used when moving during a contest or Randori (Free sparring), and its purpose is to move while maintaining one's balance. Because an opponent can easily destabilize a contestant who places his body weight disproportionately on one leg, the contestant moves by using this Suri ashi (Footwork) stepping method in order to avoid lifting the leg too far from the floor.
Other basic Judo stepping methods include the Ayumi-ashi (Walking step) and the Tsugi-ashi (Following step).