Dragin’s De Ashi Barai in a standard right vs right situation, is off the Sleeve and high lapel grip.
Dragin starts by bunching up the sleeve, making sure he has a strong grip on it.
He uses this grip to build the tension on his opponent’s arm.
Then pulls the sleeve down and across the front of his body
Next he brings his chest down and rotates away slightly. Making sure to bring as much of his bodyweight onto their arm without breaking Uke’s grip.
Dragin makes sure he keeps his wrist very strong on both grips.
With his wrist fixed and his bodyweight lowered, Dragin’s shoulders and elbows are relaxed and free to move.
He can move either the elbow, shoulder, or both at the same time. This is very important as he doesn't want to be stiff or rigid in his movement. He needs to build the tension up, but maintain relaxation in his arms.
With the tension on Uke’s sleeve, Dragin gives their lapel a small whip.
Uke’s natural reaction to this is to start moving in the opposite direction, away from the possi-bility of an upcoming attack.
The only direction they can head is to Dragin’s right.
Perfect for him to execute his De Ashi Barai.