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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

That's barely a modification of kesagatame. There's no gi, so he uses a slightly different grip. It totally counts. Just about all techniques, including pins, are modified in actual application. This ...
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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

Yes, the above technique would be a pin in competition judo. A pin in competition judo does not need to be a standard pin; it needs to meet the definition of a pin under the referee rules. This is ...
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Are arm-triangle chokes legal in Judo?

Yes, arm triangles are legal provided you trap one of uke's arms with their head. According to the IJF Refereeing Seminar 2018: An action like kata-sankaku (sankaku done with the arms) is allowed ...
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Is there a pin in Judo that cannot be classified as a standard pin?

Unconventional osaekomi-waza Most legally scoring pins come under one of the 10 osaekomi-waza classifications. However, I have seen a couple of unconventional pins which as far as I am aware do not ...
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What is Uki-gatame?

"S-mount" Kano's Judo Zakki (c.1888) makes reference to two variants of uki-gatame (浮固). These are described in the Kodokan New Japanese-English Dictionary of Judo: uki gatame (floating ...
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Is the crucifix a valid osaekomi-waza?

I do not know exactly what "crucifix" means to you, but will try to explain how I have seen this term used and how your examples relate. Judo rule change My understanding of the rule change you ...
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Why is a "scarf hold" so-named if you don't wrap around the opponent's neck (like a scarf)?

When translating foreign technique names, sometimes there isn't a perfect analogue in the target language e.g. "tomoe" in tomoe-nage translated as 'circle'. The "kesa" (袈裟) in kesa-gatame in fact ...
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Body constriction techniques

Yes, there are other constriction techniques. These are a few examples, not meant to be exhaustive. As a philosophical matter, I think you should always be looking to further break uke's structure and ...
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When/why was the list of Kodokan Judo throws and ground techniques recently expanded?

As of when, this can be found here: April 1st, 2017 (and it's not been an April's fool!): The Kodokan has used official technique names consisting of 67 Nage-waza and 29 Katame-waza in the past. ...
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Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?

The IJF criteria for osaekomi-waza are thus (emphasis mine): The referee shall announce osaekomi for an applied technique when the contestant being held is controlled from every direction (from the ...
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When/why was the list of Kodokan Judo throws and ground techniques recently expanded?

Reasons for changes To expand on Philip's answer, the Japanese report from the Kodokan states the change is in response to the increased prevalence of these techniques in the previous 3 years: 平成26(...
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Are arm-triangle chokes legal in Judo?

Just to add to mattm's answer - the IJF has now codified its position in the current ruleset: So in short, the following submissions are/aren't legal: Technique Legal Anaconda ✅ Kata-gatame ✅ D'...
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Is the North-South choke legal in Judo?

I am only a low-level referee, but here is my best interpretation of the rules for this choke. I would call this version legal. Although uke's left arm is separated from uke's head, tori has control ...
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What is Uki-gatame?

Uki-gatame is an osaekomi-wasa technique, you shift into it from juji-gatame when your opponent is too strong to be arm-locked. Beginners sometimes regard uki-gatame as a submission because of its ...
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How are pins classified in Judo?

Katame-waza Variants Examples kesa-gatame any hold where tori holds uke diagonally controlling their head and one arm, facing uke's head kuzure-kesa-gatame any variant of kesa-gatame where the hold ...
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Is there a pin in Judo that cannot be classified as a standard pin?

Uki gatame is a Kodokan-classified pin that is neither a shiho nor a kesa type hold. This pin is most common from the position where tori is attempting ude-hishigi-juji-gatame with both legs over uke ...
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