Thursday, January 28, 2010


This was sent to me thought it may be of interest even more reason to take up Sombo/Sambo

Hi all,

I recently attended the IJF World Masters event in Suwon , Korea where the new IJF competition rules were used officially for the first time.

A copy of the new rules sheet is attached and 60 examples intended to clarify the changes can by found on the IJF website or by accessing this link -

At the referees meeting the main point of discussion centered on the interpretations around the hanso kuma ke exception where one player has a “cross guard” grip and other having the ability to attack the legs in this situation.

When we reviewed the 60 examples supplied by the IJF Referees Commission a number were no longer considered hansoku either because there was a cross guard situation or the example was not particularly clear. The numbers of these examples to be excluded are: 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 39, 40, 44, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51 and 53.

In addition we were instructed that when the “cross guard” grip was taken with no immediate attack the player taking the grip was to be penalized with a shido. This is a departure from the existing rule relating to non standard grips where referees allow 5 seconds for the player either to attack or change to a standard grip.

I trust this helps clarify some of the confusion caused by the examples given and I am happy to answer any further queries you may have.

Dave Browne

IJF Referee


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