Friday, January 24, 2014

Gomez's illegal waki-gatame

In the five postings I've done on illegal waki-gatame, all of them were done by men and all of them were Asians. But women do it too and so do Europeans as can be seen by this clip, which shows Spain's Laura Gomezattacking Germany's Mareen Kraeh with an illegal waki-gatame in their bronze medal match at the 2012 Chelyabinsk European Championships.

The attack injured Kraeh (not surprising) and earned Gomez a hansoku-make (fittingly so). Like South Korea's Hwang Hee-Tae, she didn't really want to shake her injured opponent's hand.

(Thanks @Ibai from the Usurbil Judo Club for pointing this out to me!)

Sometimes the refs do get it right and give a hansoku-make for an obviously dangerous technique.

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