New Refereeing Gestures

3 new gestures that judo fans should familiarize themselves with

They are:

1 – Shido for landing on two hands/elbows
2 – Shido for reverse seoi-nage
3 – Shido for arranging hair

Some feedback on the new rules which were introduced at the recent Portugal Grand Prix:
(Reporting by Nicolas Messner, IJF)

Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Maddaloni was Olympic champion in 2000 in Sydney. He is now one of the IJF Refereeing Supervisors:
The first observation I can make is that the athletes give the impression of having already understood and integrated the new regulations. They have already adapted. When we train, as they do, three hours a day, in the end, it’s not that complicated. As an athlete, it’s your job to follow the rules. There’s no choice. It’s obviously more complicated for other categories of judoka. The public, for example, needs more time to integrate the changes. It’s not easy for the referees either. We have to change certain automatic processes, but we have a group of very professional referees and I’m convinced that in two or three competitions, everything will be in place. More specifically, on the first day, I didn’t see any complicated situations. Everything went really well.

Miro Bilic is the video operator who allows the Refereeing Commission to view actions that require immediate analysis:
The new points are related to reverse seoi-nage or kumi-kata, but the athletes have already adapted. We did not have many cases. During the first day, no coach came to ask for explanations on decisions they may not have understood, which is a clear statement that everything went smoothly.

Jack Willingham is the IJF TV Director. During events he spend most of his days in the OB van, cutting the live feed:
It’s really good to have more clarity on the landing on two hands/elbows while defending. We didn’t have competitors trying to gain time by readjusting their hair or the judogi. Of course we don’t see anymore those ‘ride and roll’ moves, as we call them in Great Britain and it is easier to follow.

Lucie Décosse (FRA) is a former Olympic and World champion:
Really the first day of judo here in Portugal was pretty clear. I like the 90° rule for the impact. It’s simple, understandable and there is no discussion about the position of the arm or other things.”