by JudoMum Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:56 am
osaekomi does seem to have quite a fluid definition in practice - at his last competition, my son was being held but completely sat up - torso vertical, back and both shoulders fully off the tatami, but the counter continued. As far as he or I knew, the hold should have been considered broken and the counter stopped. But hey ho, he is on a steep learning curve, and one of the things he needs to learn is that a condition of entering competitions is the acceptance that the decision of the ref is final.
At times this is a very hard thing for him - he's been armlocked in an under 16 'no armlocks and strangles' comp with the fight being awarded to the person breaking the rule, and has been picked up by a direct attacking leg grab in golden score, with the opponent being awarded the fight for the throw that followed - these happened in two consecutive weekends and did put him into a bit of a spin. He came to the conclusion that as much as he loves to compete, it's actually the judo that is the most important thing to him, and as angry/frustrated as he felt, if he wanted to continue he would just have to learn to get on with it.