Ever wondered what all the flag signals mean during a kumite (freestyle) match?

The chief judge can be supported by two flag judges.

IPPON (1 point)

Judge raises flag partially & points to the side of the scorer.

NIHON (Two Points)

Judge raises flag horizontally & points to the side of the scorer.

SANBON ( Three Points)

Judge raises flag high & points to the side of the scorer.

FOUL

Warning of a foul. The appropriate flag is waved in a circle, then a Category 1 or 2 signal is made.

CATEGORY 1 OFFENCE

The flags are crossed and extended with the arms straight.

CATEGORY 2 OFFENCE

The Judge points the flag with arm bent.

JOGAI

“Exit from the Match Area”

The Judge taps the floor with the appropriate flag

KEIKOKU

The Referee indicates a Category 1 or 2 offence then points with his flag downwards at 45 degrees in the direction of the offender, and awards Ippon (one point) to the opponent.

HANSOKU CHUI

“Nihon Penalty”.

The Referee indicates a Category 1 or 2 offence then points with his flag horizontally in the direction of the offender and awards Nihon (two points), to the opponent

 

HANSOKU

“Disqualification”

The Referee indicates a Category 1 or 2 offence then points with his flag upwards at 45 degrees in the direction of the offender, and awards a win to the opponent.

 

TORIMASEN

“Unacceptable as a Scoring Technique”

AIUCHI

“Simultaneous Scoring Techniques”

The flags are moved toward each other, in front of the chest.

MIENAI

"Judge could not see"

The flags are held in front of the face.

 

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