De Ashi Barai

This is the very first throw in Dai Ikkyo, the first group of eight throws in Kodokan Judo.  It is considered a foot technique.

De Ashi Harai is the Advancing foot sweep.  As your opponent is stepping forward with his right foot, instead of stepping straight back with your left foot, you step slightly back and to the right.  This puts you in close and to the side, but you have moved back so your opponent is encouraged to continue forward.  Then, as your opponent's right foot comes forward, you use your left foot to sweep it to your left.  Timing is the key.  You want to sweep the leg just before your opponent puts weight on it.  Too soon and he just picks it back up.  Too late and his weight is on it and it doesn't budge.

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