O Soto Gaeshi - Major Outer Reversal

Gokyo No Waza #56
   Judo Fundamentals  
  Kumikata - Migi        Shizentai - Migi  


  Uke starts by attacking your right leg with O Soto Gari. Since both of you have a normal right hand grip, this technique benefits the one with the best timing and kuzushi. Uke is pulling down on your right sleeve and lifting your left lapel so as to break your balance to your right rear corner.  

In order to keep your balance, you will need to step back with your left foot and place it behind your right far enough to keep your balance.  The placement of your left foot should be along a line in the direction that Uke is off balancing you.


  As Uke’s right foot approaches your right leg to execute O Soto Gari, step back with your left foot as described above. This will create space between you and Uke.  You should now be turned towards your left about ¼ turn. The back of your right knee should now be in contact with the back of Uke’s right knee. 

In this position, pull with your left hand directly to your left and with your right hand, towards your right ear. This will close the space between you and Uke and by your pull, this will break Uke’s balance and bring you into position to execute your counter to Uke’s attack.


  To execute the throw, continue to lift Uke’s leg while turning Uke toward your right. Your right hand should be driving Uke’s lapel down towards the mat while reaping Uke’s right leg off of the mat. This reaping action should cause Uke to fall to the mat at your feet and about ¼ turn to the left from your original starting position. 

In essence, this is using O Soto Gari as a counter to O Soto Gari.
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