The objective of these rules is ...
- To practice traditional Kodokan Judo in a safe and controlled environment for players,
referees, officials and spectators and to continue to practice displaying traditional
Kodokan Judo etiquette.
- To provide a contest system which will reward the diligent practice and study of Kodokan Judo which will in turn improve a player`s skill and technique and dissuade competitors who may have deficient judo skills against another player to hide their inadequate skills with undesirable and unfair practices.
- Encourage upright judo with normal traditional lapel sleeve hold and Shizen hontai.
(Basic natural posture)
- To empower referees to prevent injury when the centre mat referee believes that a real
and probable risk of a player being injured exists.
- To enforce standard kumi kata grip throughout the contest and allow a variation of
standard kumi kata grip for the duration of an attack.
- From time to time the AJU will modify rules for children. It has always been the belief of
the AJU, that Judo is a recreation & sporting activity that should be enjoyed by the
people participating in it, especially children. The AJU will when appropriate
circumstances occur will modify age/weight groups & rules to the various age and
weight divisions to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment.