There are a handful of words you are likely to hear when watching a judo contest.
Rei – Bow
Hajime – To begin
Mate – Stop and wait
Yoshi – Carry on (continue the contest)
Maitta – To give up
Oseikomi – The hold down on the ground is secured and the timer begin
There are additional valuable Japanese words which are good to know when listing to live judo action:
Tori – The person performing a technique
Uke – The person the technique is being performed on
Keiotsuke – Attention
Remember! Randori means free style practice, which refers to practice contest at training, whilst Shiai means ‘game’, ‘match’, ‘fight’ therefore it is used to describe a contest in a competition settings.