What are the official Judo rules?
This is a common question amongst students, and up until recently, the answer has been « I don’t know, it changes every other year! » (see: history of Judo rules)
Well the International Judo Federation (IJF) has finally agreed on competition rules for the next three years forward so we now know that at the very least, starting from January 1st, 2014 until December 31st, 2016 we will have the same set of rules for Judo competitions.
Here’s a « Cole’s Notes » summary of the rules for quick reference, while the new full rules follow below:
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