2A.1.a Safety of the Players
Job #1 for the Referee, is to ensure that both competitors are safe. The key to safety is to conduct the match following the correct procedures. Focus on match procedures that reinforce safety. These include;
- Timing of Hajime and Matte.
- Recognition of Jonai or Jogai.
- Recognition of Kansetsu waza and Shime waza.
- Viewing distance and angle in Ne waza
2A.1.b Fairness and Consistency
After safety, conducting the match with fairness and consistency is a referee’s highest priority. Referee’s can conduct a match fairly and with consistency by knowing the contest rules and how to apply them.