Friday, January 24, 2014

Cho Jun-Ho's illegal waki-gatame

My last two blog postings about illegal waki-gatame featured Cho Yong-Chul's and Hwang Hee-Tae's shameful, illegal attacks. I can't help but think the South Koreans have a penchant for waki-gatame because you see it quite often from their players. Take for example Cho Jun-Ho, who attacked Japan's Masashi Ebinuma (poor fella keeps getting attacked by waki-gatame) in their 2012 London Olympic match.

Unlike Cho Yong-Chul and Hwang Hee-Tae, who both snapped on the waki-gatame before the throw/takedown, in Cho Jun-Ho's case, he actually throws first, then snaps on the waki-gatame in the last moment. Nevertheless, that's still illegal. You cannot do waki-gatame in conjunction with any throw or takedown. The penalty is hansoku-make. But as with many of the examples I've shown so far, Cho gets away with it. No penalty. (In the end, he lost the match though).

Whether you start the waki-gatame before or after a throw, it's just as dangerous and just as illegal.

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