Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Harai-tsurikomi-ashi (Lift-pull foot sweep)

Harai-tsurikomi-ashi (Lift-pull foot sweep)

Summary

This Ashi waza (Foot / leg techniques) lifting and sweeping type Waza.

Features of this Waza

The Harai-tsurikomi-ashi (Lift-pull foot sweep) Waza consists of destabilizing the opponent with a lifting motion, and then sweeping his leg out from under him.

Waza details

This Waza normally begins with Tori (Player executing technique) grasping the side of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) collar with his Tsurite (Lifting hand), and the mid-sleeve area with his Hiki-te (Pulling hand). However, in cases where the mid-sleeve area cannot be grasped, Tori (Player executing technique) may also grasp both sides of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) collar.
Although this has the merit of allowing the Waza to be executed in either the left or right direction, it also requires more caution because both of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) hands are free.
Tori (Player executing technique) advances toward Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack), forcing him to retreat, and executes the Harai-tsurikomi-ashi (Lift-pull foot sweep) Waza at the moment when Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) steps forward to push back against Tori (Player executing technique) advance.
Because Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) must be pulled forward in order for this Waza to be effective, Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) must be pulled forward strongly if his forward step motion is insufficient.
At the moment when Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) center of gravity shifts to his advanced foot, Tori (Player executing technique) uses both his Hiki-te (Pulling hand) and Tsurite (Lifting hand) to throw Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) down into the front corner.
To execute the throw, Tori (Player executing technique) places rapidly sweeps the back of his foot from the outer to the inner side, striking the outer ankle area of Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) weight supporting leg. Following the sweep, Tori (Player executing technique) turns and throws Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) down with a twisting motion of his body.
The sweeping foot and the lifting hand work in tandem to lift and throw Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack).

Waza usage tip

  • The leg must be advanced sufficiently, and the opponent must be pulled strongly.
  • In order to extend the length of the sweeping leg, Tori (Player executing technique) thrusts out his stomach.