DETERMINATION: “Waza-Ari” score should be awarded for White.

RATIONALE: White attacks with a technique causing his opponent to land largely on the back with speed and force. However there was no real impact and the falling action was “rolled”. An Ippon could therefore not be called and instead, a Waza-Ari score more appropriate.

The Referee shall announce Waza-ari when a contestant with control throws the other contestant, but the technique is partially lacking in one of the other three elements necessary for Ippon (onto his back with force and speed).

NOTE: This clip on assessing judo scores was produced prior to the newly introduced IJF rules that have removed the “Yuko” score. In competitions utilising the IJF rule set, all throws previously assessed as “Yuko”, are now determined to be “Waza-ari”.

Grassroots competition judo varies significantly from “elite” competition judo, especially in terms of the participants (often juniors and novice judo players), their execution of techniques, the range of techniques executed, the range of support staff available, the equipment and resources available, the players very approach to Judo. For this reason, Grassroots judo referee education should focus on the judo presented at Grassroots judo events.

These short movie clips are provided as a guide only, to assist referees at the grassroots (club/regional) level of participation. The clips were produced by Australian National referee Luke Ronlund, Luke very deliberately used movie footage from club and regional tournaments rather than national and international tournaments.
Please note that any opinions expressed are entirely the personal opinion of Luke based on his experience, and does not represent any official organisational viewpoint. Luke’s aims in expressing his determination and rationale is to promote thought on the application and development of refereeing in grass roots judo situations.