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Tsugi Ashi: Chased step


Tsugi Ashi The not huntedTsugi Ashi, the chased step ...

is a displacement that one uses quite naturally in Karate when one wants to approach or move away from the opponent without changing guard, a little like with Yori Ashi.

With the difference that this time, the back foot is not going to drag behind but will come " chase The front foot, hence its name: chased step.

Tsugi Ashi is very often used in combat because it allows while keeping the same guard to advance or retreat the length of a step.

It will serve either to retreat quickly following an attack or on the contrary to quickly return to the custody of the opponent to attack.

Decomposition of Tsugi Ashi:

We will take the example of Tsugi Ashi in position Zenkutsu Dachi and with a forward move, but moving Tsugi-Ashi can be used in all positions in one direction or the other.

As for Yori Ashi, we will start with push on the back leg which will have the effect of moving the body forward.

But unlike Yori-Ashi, one does not lift the front leg from the beginning of the trip, on the contrary, it is kept well anchored to the ground.

As the body moves forward, the entire weight of the body will be transferred to that front leg.

At the same time, we just put the back leg next to the front leg and we push again on the back leg, but this time by resting on it and slightly raising the front foot that is "pushed out" forward, which will allow the entire body to continue moving with acceleration.

Remember, in OizukiI told you

« You have to push once in each leg. The first time generates the displacement, the second time accelerates this movement and gives the technique. "

Well here the principle is the same except that you push twice in the same leg.

Both impulses must from the belly. These are vibrations that leave the Hara to go down in the back leg. You really have to have that feeling that you're moving with your belly as if it's him pulling you forward.

The upper body should stay straight, or rather, stable on the basin well flat, during the whole trip. You must not be unbalanced forwards or backwards, it is you who control your movement with your belly. Do not get carried away.

You will notice that when the back foot "hunt" the front foot, it is he who regains control of the body weight. There is an almost instantaneous transfer weight from one leg to the other.

Ago two successive thrusts of the back legbut the entire displacement must remain very fluidthere is no downtime, on the contrary, the displacement must be in perpetual acceleration to finish at full speed.

To gain speed, the important thing, and I will probably never repeat it enough, is to relax. You must let go to make the best use of your center of gravity without being hampered by parasitic voltages.

But I believe now that we have enough husked Tsugi Ashi and it's time to move to the locker room icon smile Yori Ashi: not dragged

Go quickly put on a kimono, make your belt knot, and as soon as you have finished your warm ups thanks to « the ABC of warm-ups« I will find you on the video. See you soon !

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Now, I advise you to good relax your hips with proper stretching, and then put Tsugi Ashi in practice in a series of fists: >>> Kihon with Tsugi-Ashi

And do not forget, your opinion interests me!
So, as usual, leave me a comment, thank you!
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  2. Hello Bruno,
    I look with interest your videos your pedagogy is very motivating. I wish to be able to create a video library of your videos. For my part I practiced karate up to blue level approaching brown. I stopped for almost 25 years, since 7 months I took over the sport 3 PER WEEK by weight training fitness, cardio and animation with friends on the essentials of karate.
    Although I have 66 years, your videos and tips have given me the urge to prepare the black belt and I wanted to know if you plan to remotely train people who want to take the necessary KATAS to evolve and acquire the ranks of the black belt
    Thank you for your answer

    • Hello,
      Interestingly, I believe that karate allows modulated activity for all ages. In fact, Me Funakoshi practiced it in a different perspective of sport (which is only a variation of physical activity). Do you practice outside FD? because I believe the license is mandatory for the passage of grade (dan). The program is detailed on the FD website, and karate-sport classes seem out of step / inappropriate in relation to what is requested.

  3. Hello Bruno
    All of your videos are very educational, I left you a comment about my desire to create a video library of your videos why?
    I practiced karate until the blue belt and approach brown for 24 years I stopped everything. I have 66 years and since 7 months I took the sport (bodybuilding fitness, cardio and return to karate or I modestly lead a small team on the essentials of karate
    (balance, resistance, flexibility, power, evasion, blockage and especially fist feet). All of your videos have given me the desire to relearn to prepare the black belt but I lost many principles of KATAS. Does this fit into your challenges of preparing a remote senior to prepare the black belt?
    Thank you for your answers and congratulations continue you are revolutionizing pedagogy KARATE is not only the fight but must be a style of behavior and philosophy
    thought and body.

    • Hello Tissot,

      What do you call a video library of my videos? They are all in lines, you can see them when and where you want. What do you mean by video library?

      As for the challenge that you propose to me, I do not see how to do it. First of all it would still go to a club because correspondence is hardly possible to correct. Besides, how would you see this remote preparation?


  4. it is well explained Mr. BANDELIER but I always use tsugi-Ashi with Zenkutsu Dachi for an attack or rather for a sequence kizami tsuki_Gyaku-Tsuki ie the punches
    and for kicks I always use the position Kokutsu Dachi for a sequence for example kizami oura mawashi _ mawashi or for an active defense (face a punch attack) mawashi geri, oura mawashi ...
    possibility of video too. I thank you Professor

  5. Thank you Professor ... for this video ... just that this type of movement requires repeated and repeated use so that it becomes automatic in our bouges

  6. hello, we can also add that we can advance the back leg on shorter distance (not necessarily to the front leg). Thus, it will serve to give better impetus and explosiveness in the shots (kizami in particular). Moreover, it gives us a certain freedom according to our position in relation to our opponent.

    • Not bad at all Bruno
      It's true that it's not easy to write it, but basically that's it.
      Afterwards, the hind foot is reduced to the distance to the other and to the "length" that one wishes to give to its displacement.
      There is also the fact that we can when moving the back foot do it with only the front leg as support not to transfer his weight forward for strategic reasons in combat.

      • Hi Johnny,

        Well there in the mail I spoke of Ayumi-Ashi so it's a little different. In Ayumi Ashi, the traction of the front leg will be done by closing the hip before and forward of the rear hip, while in Tsugi Ashi this traction will rather be done by closing the rear hip and therefore bringing the rear leg closer . and indeed one can also not push on the back heel, and only "tear" the back foot from the ground and come to place it near the front foot to take the step chase by "hiding" the first phase to the opponent.
        I still have good, chief?

        Good night,

    • Hi Johnny,

      Yes you're right and I should have talked about it.
      Moreover recently I replied by email to a subscriber who asked me how to shoot with the front leg in Ayumi-Ashi in Zenkutsu.

      Here is what I had answered, you will tell me what you think (There is even an exercise for those interested):

      Hi Jérémie,

      Regarding travel it is not easy to explain by mail but I will try.
      The front leg does not really pull, in fact the back leg pushes and the body moves forward taking the front leg as pivot.
      There is good front leg traction, but not in the same way as if you put your foot far ahead and you tried to move forward by pulling on your leg. You have to think about a closure in the sense that your front hip will close.
      Let me explain: The energy starts from the belly and goes down in the back leg to push on the heel. At this point your body will move "past" your front leg, this is where your front hip closes, when your pelvis pivots (the rear hip passes forward).

      From what you tell me, you tend to feel only the push back.

      To work and especially to feel the "traction" of the front leg, I propose this exercise:

      You put yourself in Zenkutsu, then you get to lift very quickly then to rest your back foot vertically without moving the rest of the body (especially not lifting, your pelvis and your front leg does not move and remains stable.)
      As if for a fraction of a second you were balancing on the front leg. You will see that to do this you will have to keep a little tension in the hara and a good connection at the front hip so that the front leg remains stable and your balance remains perfect.

      Once you feel good in this exercise, as you lift your back foot, you'll move your back hip forward with one leg on the front leg. Do not think about traction but support. Your leg is a support, on which you come to shoot with your adductors to advance the rear hip forward.

      When you're in the bus and you catch a vertical bar with your arm and you pull, you'll move forward, but it's not the bar that pulls you, it's your arm and your pecs. Here it is the same (or almost) imagine that your front foot is anchored in the ground like the bar in the bus and with the thigh, you pull on it to advance.

      To conclude, do not think too much to shoot with the leg, but rather to use your leg as a fixed support to shoot you. The goal is to take the pelvis forward.

      Then the final move will consist of combining the thrust of the back leg with the traction on the front leg to increase the speed of movement.

      Well, I hope all this will help you. To be honest, I'm not sure you'll understand better because I just invented all that by trying to think how I could explain and make you feel this traction.
      If this exercise and explanation helps you, tell me, I can use it in a future article

      Good night,

      Here, Johnny, tell me what you think. I have good, or I have everything wrong
      (If I'm good, I'll do an article and a video specially on it.)


      PS: On Saturday, Sensei!

  7. Catherine Gilloire at

    Hello Bruno,
    thank you for all your videos, karate or personal development. Everything is useful.
    Personally I do not do karate but judo.
    In this last video, when you count the steps (ichi, ni, san), it would be necessary to pronounce a little more SANE than SANG. In Japanese all letters are pronounced without diphthong.
    But I guess you know Japanese.
    Chris's videos were good but I did not register. Judo is enough for me to make decisions!
    I am currently studying your video "How to free the hips" because that's what I need.
    See you soon,
    Thank you for being clear and clear!

    • Hi Catherine,

      Yes you're right, I'm not at the top in Japanese. And again in the first videos I pronounce "born" instead of "ni".
      I will try to improve myself and take note of your remark.

      thank you,

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