The Best Foot Sweep When Someone Is Stiff Arming You

The age old adage goes “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Judo would be much easier to do if we knew our opponents were always going to keep us close. But sometimes they don’t. Sometimes, in fact, they keep us at an arms length. When you’re held away from your opponent, and can’t free yourself from their grip. And they have that strong post on your chest. Sometimes it is best to look elsewhere for answers. Perhaps to a well timed and placed foot sweep. This post is all about the best foot sweep when someone is stiff arming you. And trust us, it comes in handy (or footy).

When you can’t seem to free yourself from your opponent’s grip, instead of fighting up top, look for other answers. The feet are always a great solution. Here are some of the key details of this foot sweep.

The Details

  1. A strong pull on the arm that is posted on your chest
  2. Get your partner moving
  3. Make sure you drive through your opponent

What That Means For You

Attacking proficiently from all of the possible angles makes you a VERY dangerous player. Why wouldn’t you want to embody that image? Ultimately the goal from this attack is to appear threatening, not necessarily shut the fight down. Utilizing this foot sweep will let your opponent know that you’re not messing around. In fact, you’re a force to be reckoned with. And you won’t be backing down.

This foot sweep will be considered a success if one of two things happen resulting from it:

  1. Your opponent stumbles
  2. Your opponent’s post on your chest releases

Either way, you will end up in a much better position than when this whole scenario began. And it challenges your opponent, gives you room to counter further, and (with any luck) establishes a shadow of a doubt in your opponents mind. On which you can and must capitalize.

A Final Thought

The best foot sweep to use when someone is stiff arming you is going to be the best foot sweep that works for you. This is a really useful technique when you feel like your back is up against a wall. Make sure you drill this over and over. After all, it is a really simple drill and fairly safe as well.

This foot sweep is all about timing and movement. In other words, it doesn’t rely exclusively on strength. Work on moving your feet effectively and really getting a feel for the entire throw. Let us know how it goes!


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