Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crawling out -- then and now

There was a time when if you crawl out of the contest area while being held down, the referee would call matte. Here's an an example of that from 1989:

But these days, as long as the technique begins inside the contest area, it doesn't matter if both players go completely outside the contest area. The hold still counts and if it lasts for 20 seconds, an ippon will be called. Here's an example from 2013:

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