Deashi harai

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Deashi harai
Illustration of De-ashi-barai Judo throw
Illustration of De-ashi-barai Judo throw
Classificationo goši
Sub classificationAshi-waza
Technique name
RōmajiDeashi-harai, De-ashi-barai
EnglishForward Foot Sweep[1]
Korean나오는 발차기

Deashi Harai (出足払), more accurately romanized: Deashibarai, is one of the original 40 throws of Judo as developed by Jigoro Kano. It belongs to the first group, Dai-Ikkyo, of the traditional throwing list, Gokyo-no-Nagewaza, of Kodokan Judo. It is also part of the current 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo.[2] It is classified as a foot technique, Ashi-Waza. Deashi Harai is also one of the 20 techniques in Danzan Ryu's (DZR) Nagete list.


Deashi Harai is one of the basic foot sweeps learned in the martial arts. As with most basic techniques, Deashi Harai has numerous variations.

One common method used in Danzan-ryu Jujitsu is the outside-in method of sweeping an opponent's foot. It is accomplished by initially having a firm grip on the opponent while facing him or her. The attacker then moves the foot to the opposite side of his opponent (right foot to opponent's left side, or vice versa), to sweep the opponent's opposite leg out from underneath him. Simultaneously the upper body must complement this push-pull motion with a great deal of power being generated from the rotation of the hips.

Similar techniques, variants, and aliases[edit]

English aliases:

Similar techniques:

  • okuri ashi harai: sweeping of both feet sideways
  • harai tsurikomi ashi: the foot of uki is pushed backwards by the sweeping foot of tori instead of sideways in de ashi harai
  • ko soto gari: sweeping if the foot that is planted on the ground and supports (a minimum amount of) weight. De ashi harai sweeps a foot that is not in contact with the ground and does not support any weight. The action of the sweeping foot of tori is roughly the same.
  • Sasae tsurikomi ashi. This is a blocking action of the foot rather than a sweeping action.

See also[edit]


  • Ohlenkamp, Neil (2006) Judo Unleashed basic reference on judo. ISBN 0-07-147534-6.
  1. ^ "Deashi Harai -- Forward Foot Sweep | Judo Info".
  2. ^ Mifune, Kyuzo: The Canon of Judo, Kodansha International Ltd. (Tokyo) 2004, ISBN 4-7700-2979-9, p.pp. 46–47

Further reading[edit]

  • Sato, Nobuyuki (1992), "Ashiwaza", Judo Masterclass Techniques (second ed.), Ippon Books, ISBN 0-9518455-5-1

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