Yori Ashi: dragged step:
Yori Ashi or dragged step is not very easy to achieve. Indeed beginners tend to make a kind of jumping instead of taking a stride.
Often they apply it naturally and almost correctly when they make a Ju Kumite, but they persist in jumping as soon as they are asked to do it in Kihon.
In fact it's a simple move that we usually succeed when we do not think about it 😉
To clarify all this, we will detail Yori Ashi and I will try to help you do it well.
Yori Ashi is not dragged, so as the name suggests, the pace "traine" following the displacement.
From one position, whatever it is, your body moves without changing guard, pushing on one leg and then, this leg comes trailing to resume a correct position.
Decomposition of Yori Ashi:
We will take the example of Yori Ashi in position Zenkutsu Dachi and with a forward move.
The first thing to do for Yori Ashi will be from push on the back leg (In reality, the first thing will be to relax and then push ... but we'll see that further.)
Minstead of moving forward one step as in Ayumi Ashi, we will move the body without changing position.
In Ayumi Ashipush on the back leg, then move in support on the front leg and take the back leg in front. In short, we move one step.
For Yori Ashi, we will also push on the back leg, but staying in support on it. We are not going to take a step forward, but " slip Forward without changing guard.
We're just going lift the front foot slightly and thus allow the whole body to move forward.
Warning, do not unfold the front leg to go lay in front. We just lift it and the whole body moves with the push of the back leg.
We then take back support on the front leg and let the back leg return to a normal spacing by dragging the foot on the ground (hence the name: dragged step!)
All along the trip, the bust remains straight, and the pelvis remains flat.
The front leg keeps substantially the same posture relative to the body. The angles of the joints of the ankle, knee and hip have hardly moved.
Only the hip joint was opened at the moment of the push of the back leg and closed at the moment when the leg returns by dragging.
The most important to succeed this move is to relax your hips just before pushing on the leg and do not climb.
In fact it should rather go down. The idea for relaxing one's hips, is to " let go"That is, let the body sink vertically and then immediately (almost at the same time!) To push on the back leg.
Your center of gravity will have a slightly curved movement (and not bulging!) while moving.
I will come back in a future article on this principle of "let go" and the use of gravity in displacements. But in the meantime, think well to relax at the moment of pushing on your leg.
Beginners would tend to do the opposite. That is to say that they are wriggling and put all the energy they have to try to push hard, but to move quickly, just relax and try to go forward and not to above.
Yori Ashi, not dragged, is a displacement usable in all the positions and in all the directions, in front, behind and on the sides:
The principle is going to be the same each time: it is necessary to push on the opposite leg to the displacement, to let go the whole body, then to bring back the leg which pushed by dragging it.
Yori Ashi, can even be used with a change of position:
Example: departure Kokutsu Dachi -> Yori Achi to the front -> arrival Zenkutsu Dachi or Fudo Dachi ...
All this is not easy to understand in writing, so I invite you right now to watch the video of Yori Ashi.
Remember to warm up by downloading " the ABC of warm-ups« , and I'll find you right away for your training 🙂
That's it, I hope you better understand Yori Ashi and that this video will allow you to perfect yourself.
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