Foot or Leg Sweeps - Martial Arts Technique

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Foot or Leg Sweeps - Martial Arts Technique

Foot sweeps (or leg sweeps) are an effective way to knock over an opponent. They are used in many martial arts such as Judo and Karate. Foot sweeps often employ a kick or grappling technique to strike one or both legs of an opponent in order to cause the opponent to lose their balance and fall to the ground. The attacker can then grapple, kick or strike the fallen opponent who will be in a disadvantageous position and possibly stunned by the fall.

Foot sweeps are often used in martial arts movies. For example, a classic scene from The Karate Kid is where the evil Cobra Kai sensei instructs his student to "sweep the leg" of Daniel-san. All techniques should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized.

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Examples of Foot & Leg Sweeps

  • One Leg Sweeps
  • Two Leg Sweeps - Two leg sweeps are similar to one leg sweeps. However, the martial artists will sweep both legs at the same time versus only one leg.
  • Scissor Sweeps
  • Spinning Sweeps

Judo Foot Sweeps

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