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Wazari score is a near Ippon, but the action lacked all criteria for Ippon.

Situations for an award of Wazari occur;

  • when the contestants are standing (Nage-waza),
  • When contestants are on the mat in a hold down (Osae-waza),

If a contestant scores a second Wazari, they are awarded Ippon and the match ends.

Consult the current IJF SOR for more information; IJF_Sport_and_Organisation_Rul-1646858825.pdf (rackcdn.com)

Article 15 – Waza-ari

Evaluation of the points in Nage-waza.

The referee shall announce waza-ari (a near ippon) when in his opinion the applied technique corresponds to the following criteria:

  • When the four ippon criteria are not fully achieved

These landings below are considered to be waza-ari.

In order not to give a bad example for young judokas, landing on both elbows or two hands, simultaneously, or one elbow and one hand is considered valid and should be evaluated with waza-ari.

  • Landing only on one elbow cannot be used for assessment.
  • Landing on the side of the upper body should be evaluated with waza-ari.
  • Landing on one elbow, on the bottom or the knee with immediately continuation on the back will be waza-ari.
  • Rolling can be considered waza-ari if there is a break during landing or the landing is on the side {bottom to shoulder or shoulder to bottom). The difference of the rolling makes the evaluation of the points it is waza-ari when uke rolls on his side or hips.
  • Two waza-ari are the equivalent of one ippon (waza-ari-awasete-ippon) and the contest will be finished (Article 16).

Evaluation of the points in Osaekomi-waza.

a) When a contestant holds with osaekomi-waza the other contestant who is unable to get away for 10 seconds or more, but less than 20 seconds.