Ko Uchi Gaeshi - Minor Inner Reversal

Gokyo No Waza #53
   Judo Fundamentals  
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  As Uke attacks with Ko Uchi Gari against or right foot, off balance Uke directly to your left (Uke’s back when entered in the throw) by driving Uke's right elbow forward with your left hand against his sleeve and pulling his left lapel backward toward your left should with your right hand. The moment to begin your kuzushi is when Uke has lifted the attacking leg (right leg) from the mat and is moving it in to reap your right leg.  


  Since this is a counter throw, there is little you need to do to initiate this action, but respond appropriately, and Uke will fall easily for you. 

As Uke enters into a position to reap your right foot away, lift it up and outward so that it is high enough to clear Uke’s attacking leg. As Uke reaps through where your leg used to be, continue to off balance toward your left, which is now directly towards Uke’s rear. Since Uke’s right leg is now up in the air and the left leg is bent and supporting all of the weight, there is little you have to do to complete the throw. At this point, continue to turn toward your left and move your hands as in your Kuzushi.


  To execute the throw, continue to allow Uke to drive and turn counter clockwise. Your left hand should continue to push Uke’s sleeve across your body while your right hand should now be focused on driving Uke’s lapel towards the mat. The combined turning action should cause Uke to flatten out and land on the mat at your feet. During this final stage, pivot your body towards the left on your left foot so that when Uke lands, you are facing to face. You should have completed approximately a ¼ turn to the left during this technique and used only your hands to execute the throw.  
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