New IJF rules from 2017

On 9.12.2016, the IJF announced new rules for international competitions starting in Q3 2017. The first test phase will start in January 2017. A brief overview of the current state of play.

After the past years with the recently adjusted regulations in international judo, the IJF is taking a positive view. E.g. more Ippons were scored in competitions.

The next step should bring even more dynamism and clarity to judo sports. In total, the new rules were proposed to the IJF by representatives from 20 countries and evaluated in a democratic process. The aim is to introduce the new rules for the next Olympic qualification action in good time.

The new rules will be detailed in the Youtube stream from Baku from 5 May. – 8. Janaur 2017.

A brief overview of the new rules:

  • The fighting time is adjusted to 4 minutes for men and women
  • Only technical ratings will make up the fight
  • There will be Golden Score if no or equal ratings are available
  • The decision in the Golden Score is made by the difference in ratings or Shidos
  • There are only Ippon and Waza-ari left
  • A Yuko is now a Waza-ari
  • Waza-ari are no longer sumed up into an ippon. You can no longer end the fight prematurely with Waza-ari.
  • Waza-ari at 10 seconds handle, Ippon at 20
  • There are only three Shidos left, the third is Hansoku Make
  • Grip fight and different grips will no longer be punished
  • Passive behaviour will continue to be punished. Passively, you are inactive with 45 seconds.
  • Beingreifen now gives a Shido first. The second time as before a Hansoku Make
  • Enemy's danger gives Hansoku makeup and leads to disqualification
  • Falling on the elbows is not recognized as a valid action (model function)

There's a lot coming up in 2017!

What are your or her stake in the changes? Let me have a comment.

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Matt D'Aquino (multiple Australian champion, 2008 Olympic champion) runs the side Beyond Grappling and has commented on the new IJF rules:

Author: Jan