Traditional Escapes & the Two Hand RuleHere are some very traditional escapes from the grips in response to the new two-hand rule.
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All will work if you catch Uke by surprise but you may want to be a little careful with some of them as you could end up with a penalty for a different reason.
- When using a raised elbow escape be very careful not to hit you opponent in the head... instant disqualification.
- When using the rotation arm around the back of you Uke's hand watch that it does not turn into a wrist lock
Since there is a determination of contemporary players to want to break a grip instead of working with whatever they are offered (now that is real judo) I'll keep looking for others.
There are modern rule changes that I think are stupid but strangely this is not one of them. I've never been an elite player and never really aspired to be one so I can't really speak for that level of competitor, but one of the things that attracted me to judo when I first started was the genteel nature of the design. You would walk up to a player and on "Hujima" you would both take a grip and fight.