How To Overcome Stiff Arms In Competition JudoIn my opinion, there really is only one way to deal with a stiff-armed opponent in competition Judo ... Throw them!
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I know it is not that simple but of all the variation that I have been taught over the years, the only ones that ever worked for me in competitions were the ones that involved an actual throw.
But before I detail what I mean by that, let me make one thing very clear: it is only poor competitors that use stiff arms.
These player do it under the mistaken impression that it is a good way to defend and fight.
It's just not true!
A read of the table in this document will show you why. So don't do it.
Not only is it bad Judo it could get you disqualified for "non-combativity".
So if it's illegal why teach to defend against it?
Because whilst the referee is detecting it (and it may take a while as it's not that easy to see quickly) you are having your good contest time ticking away.
Besides if you can beat it before then why wouldn't you?