MIT Judo Club


As practiced by Grandmaster Cho Jea Ki, Olympic Bronze medallist

Foot Technique

Osotogari is a very simple technique, but you have to repeat your uchikomi many times. Sometimes you can practice against the wall and sometimes against a tree. You must establish a good balance on your standing leg. Your foot placement is very important. You must put your foot even with your opponent's foot; there should be a distance of the width of one foot between your foot and your opponent's foot. Also, you must observe the angle of your opponent's foot and match it, so your foot is parallel to his/her foot. You must practice to make your first step solid. Next you must sweep your other leg straight up as high as possible and as quickly as possible. Then, pull your leg back as high behind you as possible.

In summary,

  1. Get a good balance
  2. Kick as high and as quickly as possible
  3. Pull back through as high as possible behind you.

These three actions are three separate steps, and you must concentrate on each of them. Finally, you can combine the three steps. You need to practice it one hundred times every day for a month. Then you will feel sure of your technique.


I use a combination of grips to set up the osotogari technique. I like to start with a left-handed cross grip (with my left hand on my opponent's left lapel). With my right hand I grab my opponent either on the elbow or on the fold at the underarm. Then I move my left hand to grab my opponent behind the neck.

Where I pull my hand depends on the height of my opponent.

The direction I pull matches what feels natural and comfortable to me, as my body type relates my opponent's body type.

I also have a left-handed sasai tsurikomi ashi, which I use first to set up the osotogari.

Good luck.

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