Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hwang Hee-Tae's illegal waki-gatame

In the past three postings on illegal waki-gatame, all the perpetrators got away with trying to injure their opponents. Now, for once, I can post an example where the referee got it right and gave a hansoku-make to a player for doing this illegal move.

The player in question is South Korea's Hwang Hee-Tae, who snapped on a waki-gatame on his opponent, Japan's Hiroshi Izumi, in the final of the -90kg division at the 2005 Cairo World Championships. His attack was easily as vicious as the one Cho Yong-Chul did on Hitoshi Saito 20 years earlier.

The referee rightly disqualified him and awarded the match to Izumi. Hwang proved to be a sore loser as well when he refused to shake Izumi's hand. What a sore loser!

For once the referee made the right call and gave hansoku-make for a dangerous and illegal move.

Hwang launches an attack that was clearly meant to injure his opponent.

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