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Yori Ashi: Dragged step


Yori Ashi, not dragged in Kiba Dachi

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.)
instead 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.

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That's it, I hope you better understand Yori Ashi and that this video will allow you to perfect yourself.

We will soon make a Kihon concatenation including Yori Ashi, but in the meantime, I advise you to relax your hips with proper stretching.

Your opinion interests me. Feel free to leave a comment or ask your questions

See you soon,

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  1. Hello,
    I write a novel in which one of the central characters, practiced karate and has a scene where he is surprised from behind by a coup de sac he receives: he must then turn in a position of defense, then to follow one another in a combat position, because the person in the bag wants to attack someone else, and he must then girdle it to force him to calm down.
    Could you help me, because of course I do not know anything about it, telling me what is the defense that would be appropriate in the first assault with the bag and allow it to turn around, and the taking of battle that would lead him to surround the other person.
    I want my writing to be as accurate as possible. So, if you can answer me, I thank you very much in advance.

  2. lampin jean lucien at

    well ... but a pity you do not show in competition mode; yori ashi kizami in fudo dashi, which would be for those who do not know the other way to do without entering the competition ..good courage

  3. Thank you Mr Bruno for all the videos and lessons of Karate. I am a teacher of primary education and black belt 2 eme Dan since the year 2000.Thank you again.

  4. super video sa allowed me to better understand yori ashi in kokustu dachi me who was struggling ac this position I have no longer well work now

  5. Hello Bruno

    Thank you for this in-depth work.

    My comment is:

    At the level of the "triggering of the technique" which must be done as soon as the front foot is placed, can pose a problem of fixing to the ground and therefore force of the impact, since the "dragged foot" has not yet touched the soil, or at least not yet stabilized on the ground.

    This is perhaps only an impression since the whole body is projected forward. Nevertheless a sudden adverse counterattack may pose the problem of ground attachment.

    • Hello Abdel,
      Your remark is relevant, but I think that the ground connection is there at the moment of impact because the front leg is well anchored in the ground by a back-version of the basin that allows to lower the forces to the ground.
      Be careful, in terms, the body is not projected forward with respect to the front foot. But it is the whole body, "with the leg" before moving and the body remains vertical with the vertebrae stacked above the pelvis that makes a slight retroversion at the time of kime.
      The counterattack is more to be feared during the move when the front foot and body moves because there is imbalance, and there is lack of connection, but that's in all movements. There are always phases of vulnerability, hence the interest to remain vigilant, to be able to react. When you launch an attack, nothing is won.

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