Harai goshi is one of the original 40 throws of Judo as developed by Kano Jigoro. It belongs to the second group of the traditional throwing list in the Gokyo no waza of the Kodokan Judo. Harai goshi is also part of the current 67 Throws of Kodokan Judo, and classified as a hip technique.
Harai Goshi – Sweeping Hip Basic Principles
From migi shizentai step back with your left foot and break Uke’s balance to migi mae sumi by using tsurikomi on his left lapel and right sleeve. Bring your left foot in front of his left foot, passing it behind your own right foot. At this point you should both be facing almost in the same direction.
Pull Uke with your left hand holding his sleeve and break his balance to migi mae sumi even further, while your right hand on his left lapel assists with tsurikomi. Now you should have close contact between your bodies – with your right armpit, hips and thighs pressing against Uke’s torso from chest to stomach and your right elbow inserted under Uke’s left arm. With proper kuzushi Uke is about to be lifted onto your hips.
At this moment extend your right leg outside his right leg and with the back of your right thigh sweep his right thigh outwards and upwards – while simultaneously twisting your body to the left and pulling Uke forward and downward with both hands. Bring your left hand to your left hip and drive your right hand to the mat. This is all done while maintaining your right leg in the air. Uke will land on his back in front of you.