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Try This Olympic Level Sasae from Colton Brown

Try This Olympic Level Sasae from Colton Brown

The Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi is a foot technique and considered one of the traditional forty throws of Judo as developed by Jigoro Kana.  To perform the Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi, the judoka will pull their opponent towards themselves, while sweeping the opponent's foot backward.  In addition to the push of the foot and pull of the upper body of the opponent, the judoka begins a rotation of thie bdoy which helps complete the throw.

Colton Brown started training in Judo when he was 7 years old.  He would accompany his father to training as a young man.  In 2016 he would represent the US at 90kg in the Rio Summer Olympics, a moment that he refers to as his dreams coming true.

As a training partner for Olympic Silver Medalist Travis Stevens, Colton has made an impact on not only the judo scene but also his teammates.  The future is bright for this judoka and it will be amazing to watch his development over the coming years.

In the video below, Colton shows his approach to the Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi when the opponent beats him to a traditional grip.  This is no problem for Colton Brown who specializes in the Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi.  Check it out below and make sure to check out his full instructional on the topic over at JudoFanatics.com.

 Opponent Beats You To Traditional Grip

In this example, Colton uses a non-traditional grip over the opponents back.  He grabs in the middle of the opponent's back.  If he is unable to get the far sleeve initially, he will use his free hand to control the opponent's wrist at the point where the opponent has secured their lapel grip.  He will then take the elbow that is over the back of the opponent and bring it to his rib.  This brings the opponent's arm closer because they are forced to bend forward due to the elbow pressure and he's able to secure the far hand.

Grip Over Back Must Not Be Too Deep 

Colton notes that the grip over the opponent's back must not be too deep.  This is because the deeper the grip, the more likely that his own posture will be compromised.  Instead he stays at the middle seam of the opponent's jacket.

 Driving Step Into the Opponent

Colton Brown will then take a deep step into his opponent with his right foot.  At the point where there is body contact he will turn in the direction of the opponent.  With his grips he "turns the wheel" and the rotation of the opponent's body puts all of the weight of their body on their far foot, allowing Colton to sweep it with his left trailing foot and take them to the ground.

For more from Colton Brown, one of the world's foremost practitioners of the Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi at the Olympic level check out his instructional by the same name available from JudoFanatics.com.  You can get it here or at the Buy Now Link Below!