So, the Powers That Be have issued a new set of rules for judo competition (again). I got this in the mail this morning. Among other inane fluctuations in the rules...
Why would they make this rule? They have standards for the pants that they are growing more and more fanatical about enforcing, and those standards only exist to povide a gripping surface along the entire length of the leg...A player may NOT "first" grab the trouser leg(s) then attack, but may grab the trousers to assist in finishing an attack that has already been initiated. Grabbing the trousers first, results in an immediate Mate and (shido). Grabbing the pants in the midst of an ongoing attack or even simultaneously in order to finish the attack should not be stopped or penalized. Grabbing (Grasping) the leg (not pants) – arm-hook or hand-hook (as in Morote-gari and Kibisu-gaeshi) without grabbing the trousers/pants is still legal. These actions should not be stopped or penalized and any subsequent action should be scored.
The trousers, free of any markings except for c3 and c7, shall be long enough to cover the legs and shall at the maximum reach the ankle joint and at the minimum 5cm above the ankle joint. A space of 10 to 15cm shall exist between the trouser leg and the leg (bandages included) along the entire length of the trouser leg. (IJF Referree rules Part 3, section e).
I rather like grabbing a thigh or knee and jacking the guy up with tsurigoshi or ashiguruma on the other leg... Then there's this lovely, evil variant of uranage check it out here.
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