Ashi-waza - Foot techniques and therapy


Ashi-waza [足技] is a set of Japanese foot therapy techniques. Ashi, literally means feet, while Waza means technique. This art was used both in fights and in body therapies, in this article we will talk about both.

Ashi Waza as fighting techniques

O Ashi waza it is considered a large part of karate, judo and other types of fighting, which involves the study of techniques with the feet. Positioning of feet to withstand impact and defense or attack techniques in the broad sense.

At the Karate, the parts of the feet and legs are named and specified for each type of fighting technique. Fukurahagi refers to the calf, Futomomo refers to the thigh, Hiza corresponds to the knees, the feet are called Soku.

Soku is the main member of Japanese foot techniques, where it is used to apply and receive blows and impacts. These areas are called Haisoku, Kakato, Koshi, Teisoku, Sokuto, Tsumasaki and Sune.


Any technique that uses the feet or legs in any type of Japanese fight, can end up being classified as ashiwaza, since that word means nothing but technique with the feet.

Ashi-waza – técnicas e terapia com os pés

Ashi-Waza as therapy

Foot therapy was developed in 2003 at the school TOYO SEITAI SENMON GAKUIN (Oriental School Specialized in Spinal Alignment Technique), located in Shizuoka (Japan) by master Daisuke Sugiyama.

He gathered the techniques of Thai Massage and Seitai (Corporal Organization), extracting the best of both techniques, thus developing its own method called Sugiyama Ashigi.

The technique provides a new experience for those who need therapeutic care and at the same time benefits the person who applies the technique. The benefits are numerous for both those who receive or apply the techniques.

Benefits for those receiving foot therapy:

  • Increases the range of joint movement;
  • From the soles of the feet, "Ki" (energy of vitality) emanates, which is often greater than that of the hands;
  • The pleasant rhythm generates a comfortable stimulus throughout the body;
  • It is possible to massage and release tension from the whole body, and not just from specific points;
  • Improves blood circulation;
  • Elevates and improves metabolism;
  • Eliminates toxins;
  • The flow of lymphatic fluid becomes smooth, improving health;
Ashi-waza – técnicas e terapia com os pés

Unlike the image above, foot therapies are performed using the feet and not the feet.


Benefits for Therapists:

  • The therapists who apply the technique receive Self-preservation;
  • Decreases physical wear and improves Productivity;
  • Balance Development;
  • Improves and re-educates your posture;
  • Stimulates the areas and reflexes of the feet;
  • Improves the sensitivity of the soles of the feet;
  • Strengthens the lower limbs;
  • Softens fluid retention in the lower limbs;
  • Improves blood circulation;
  • Burning of fat in the lower limbs;

Helio Nakaura was the first foreign student to study and practice this method in Japan, and now he intends to spread this technique to benefit the largest number of people. He even took an online and face-to-face course for this, you can see details by visiting his website below: