Cardoso’s (Legal) Leg-Block Tomoe

Sneaky but legal.

Under today’s rules, you are not allowed to use your hands or arms to assist in a throw but there is a loophole. If tori is still holding onto uke’s sleeves when the arm touches uke’s leg, it’s considered legal. This is why Cardoso’s (above) leg-block tomoe-nage is perfectly legal. Gerchev of Bulgaria, who also likes tomoe-nage, sometimes does the same thing, making sure he is still holding onto uke’s sleeves so that the movement is legal.

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