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A chance to see how double World and Olympic Champion Keiji Suzuki used his De ashi barai against left handed opponents in competition.
Suzuki found that bigger, stronger opponents would try and dominate his head and pull him in. He had to find ways to unsettle them – De Ashi Barai, and this combination was his answer.
Fearful of this attack, it worked as a great deterrent to his opponent ’s, who would be reluctant to pull hi...
There are two clear upper body movements for this combination, and they are both lead by the collar hand.
First, Suzuki pulls their upper body down and to the left, and then he changes direction, rotating Uke with both arms in a steering wheel type motion.
The lower body has two clear directions. The Kouchi comes first; it’s a big kicking action, but Suzuki places his power and weight onto his supporting leg, giving his left leg a light feeling to it.
Next, he places his left leg down and before Uke can adjust catches their outstretched leg with...