What Japanese judo words used during a contest?

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.