Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Ashi-garami (Entangled leg lock)

Ashi-garami (Entangled leg lock)

Summary

This is a prohibited Waza.

Features of this Waza

In the Ashi-garami (Entangled leg lock) Waza, Tori (Player executing technique) clasps both his legs around one of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) legs, and twists the leg to lock the knee joint.

Waza details

With Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) in a prone posture, Tori (Player executing technique) thrusts both of his legs between Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) legs, then rotates his body to scissor one of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) legs between his own legs. He then grasps that leg with his arm and pulls Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) snugly against him.
With both his legs clasped firmly around one of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) legs, Tori (Player executing technique) twists his body. With the feet of his scissoring legs clamping Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) below his waist, he strongly applies the twisting motion there as well. With his floor-side hand, Tori (Player executing technique) grabs one of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) sleeves and pulls him forward in tandem with his leg action to apply a strong joint lock to Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) knee.
Like the Kawazu-gake (One-leg entanglement drop), the Ashi-garami (Entangled leg lock) Waza poses a high risk of injury to the leg joints, and is therefore listed as one the forbidden Waza. The four Waza which are currently prohibited by the international rules are the Ashi-garami (Entangled leg lock), Kani-basami (Scissors throw), Do-jime (Body scissors), and the Kawazu-gake (One-leg entanglement drop).