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What’s an ippon?


(This blog is for parents and children who are just discovering judo.)

So, what’s an ippon?

Good question!

If you already know the answer jump these basics and read Tommy Nagy’s Top Ten tips on improving your chance to score more ippons or if you are looking for something more serious still then download our Ippon Checklist.

But if you just want to find out the basics and what an ippon is read on and we will tell you:

An Ippon is the maximum score in judo.

When you score an ippon you have won the contest. Game over. Unlike many other sports, judo can be won in an instance. Score ippon and you have won. Simple, so far, right?

There are two ways you can score an ippon in junior judo.

The first way is to throw your opponent flat on their back. Boom!

To score ippon the throw must also have all three of these requirements:

  1. Height
  2. Force
  3. Speed



If the throw lacks one of those three requirements there will still be a score but it won’t be an outright win. If you don’t land your opponent FLAT on their back, but maybe on their side then you will again score – but it won’t be an ippon.

OK, good. Still with me?

Keep all these facts to hand by downloading our free kids’ guide “What’s an Ippon?”


So, you want to know the second way to score ippon in junior judo?

This is one that children use a lot – and that is the hold down.

Hold your opponent, more or less flat on their back, for a full 20 seconds and that also qualifies as an ippon.




How do you know when someone has scored an ippon?

Another great question. You will know that by looking (and listening) to the referee.

When an ippon is scored the referee will raise their arm above their head (like the picture below) and shout “Ippon! Sore Made!” This is Japanese meaning “Full point! That is the end!”




And we too have reached the end … so Sore Made!

(This is pronounced Sorry Maddy!)

You now know what an ippon is but don’t stop now …. continue reading our top ten tips and you will improve your throwing power and learn more about judo.






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