Tai Sabaki

What is Tai Sabaki?

“Tai-sabaki” (Body shifting / Body control) refers to the manner in which a contestant changes his body position and orientation when executing or receiving a Waza. The four basic Tai-sabaki maneuvers are as follows: “Mae-sabaki” (Front movement control), in which the contestant steps forward to place one foot immediately in front of the opponent’s foot, with body at right angles to the opponent. “Ushiro-sabaki” (Back movement control), in which the contestant steps back with one foot, distancing it from the opponent’s foot, with body at right angles to the opponent. “Mae-mawari-sabaki” (front turn movement control), in which the contestant steps forward with one foot and spins around in front of the opponent with back to the opponent. “Ushiro-mawari-sabaki” (Back turn movement control), in which the contestant pulls the opponent forward while stepping back with one foot, then spins around in front of the opponent with back to the opponent.

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