Merged Threads: Ashidori/Foot trapping

rutherford

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Short answer: Yes, it's very important. I've mostly seen it done as part of every training experience so that there's always some component of foot trapping in play and perhaps the instructor will comment on it and perhaps not. I have seen few drills which isolate foot trapping, like you would find in Silat's lower art drills.

A recent thread on this topic: http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24332
 

Cryozombie

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Yeah, Personally, I dont really work on foot traping.

I just try and work on being in the right place so the foot is trapped.
 

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Definately yes, as soon as students start out and begin training
foot trapping is generally emphasized. However it is emphasized
more and more once a student is starting to understand and
able to control the distance better. Taijutsu has multiple ways
of locking the foot from simply stepping on the foot to locking the
lower leg up from in front, side and behind. Budo Taijutsu is an
excellent source for foot trapping and locking skills and reminds me
alot of the Arnis and Silat skills in that area. Good Question!

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A simple example could be: That while your opponent punches
at you with a lunging punch you angle off to the outside (of the punch) on a 45 Degree line and backfist the opponents punch while stepping on their foot. From their you can finish to a joint lock, takedown, etc. Having stepped on the foot it helps you in knowing where the opponents lower limbs are and also in keeping that foot there while you transition. That is a really basic example but very effective when done by a good practitioner.

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I think of the unconscious use of ashidori as an important milestone in training. I remember realizing at one point that I no longer had to think about trapping uke's foot/leg. It just seemed to happen.
It also makes for some amusing moments, particularly when someone is performing a kata with me as uke, and I inadvertently trap them.
"Oh, sorry," <picks up foot> "Go ahead."
 
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