Uke On The Lapel | De Ashi Barai VS Dominant Left | Dimitri Dragin
Dragin’s variation of De Ashi against a left handed opponent with an over the top grip can al-so work if they are on the lapel.
These 2 variations are very similar. The main difference is Dragin doesn’t need to execute the shoulder roll to get the distance between himself and Uke.
Dragin needs to take an inside lapel grip in order to make his De Ashi work when uke is on the lapel.
He makes sure his arm in underneath Uke’s arm, allowing him onto the lapel with an inside grip.
Once here, he can start to simultaneously pull on the sleeve and push the lapel into uke’s pectoral or shoulder.
Dragin is then in a position to step with the left leg into his ‘playground’.
From here he can go straight into the elbow rotation. Driving it up into Uke’s arm, knocking them forward.
As Uke goes to reposition, Dragin makes the contact on the back of their leg.
He sweeps, driving the leg all the way through, whipping down on the lapel and guiding uke onto their back.
This is yet another great example of why Dragin is one of the masters of Ashi Waza, and was able to dominate with it at the highest level for so long. Always finding ways to adapt his tech-niques to be able to execute them from a wide variety of scenarios, so that he was ready for any-thing.