Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cho Yong-Chul's illegal waki-gatame

I've highlighted two egregious attempts at injuring an opponent, the first by Mongolia's Dashdavaaand the second by Kazakhstan's Mukanov. These are are recent events with the former happening at the 2013 Tokyo Grand Slam and the latter at the 2013 Rio World Championships.

For today's posting I'm taking you all the way back to the 1985 Seoul World Championships, where South Korea's Cho Yong-Chul broke Japan's Hitoshi Saito's arm with a vicious waki-gatame attack. Amazingly, the referee, in conference with two corner judges, awarded the victory to the South Korea.

It's amazing how after all these years, referees still can't catch illegal waki-gatame attacks, as evidenced by the Dashdavaa and Mukanov attacks.

Allowing the waki-gatame was a real failure by the referee and corner judges.

Cho snapped Saito's arm with his illegal waki-gatame.

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