Tsubame Gaeshi - Swallow-Flight Counter

Gokyo No Waza #55
   Judo Fundamentals  
  Kumikata - Migi        Shizentai - Migi  


  Uke starts by attacking your right foot with De Ashi Harai. Since both of you have a normal right hand grip. Uke is pulling down on your right sleeve and lifting your left lapel. Your kuzushi will be to add to Uke’s turning action and create your own technique to counter Uke’s.

Your right hand will pull down on Uke's left lapel and your left hand will lift Uke's sleeve at the elbow up and over Uke’s head as if to turn a wheel to the right.


  As Uke’s left foot approaches your right foot to execute De Ashi Harai, bend your right knee so that your ankle is moved just out of the way of Uke’s incoming foot. With your right foot, you will draw a small circle counter clockwise so that your right foot comes in behind to pursue Uke’s left foot. 

As you approach and make contact with Uke’s left foot with your own right foot, increase the turning strength of your hands. This will help you to recover your own balance while breaking Uke’s.


  To execute the throw, continue to lift Uke’s foot while turning Uke like a while with our grasp. Uke will fall right in front of you as if you had performed De Ashi Harai yourself. In essence, this throw is De Ashi Harai as a counter to De Ashi Harai.  
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