Ippon

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Ippon (一本, lit. "one full point") is the highest score a fighter can achieve in a Japanese martial arts ippon-wazari contest, usually kendo, judo, karate or jujutsu. [1][2]

In Judo[edit]

Ippon is the equivalent of a knockout in Judo.[3][4][5]

In karate[edit]

In shobu ippon kumite, a method of karate competition, an ippon is awarded for a technique which is judged as decisive, this is usually a move which connects cleanly, with good form and with little opportunity for the opponent to defend against it.[6] Kicks to the head of an opponent or judo throws followed up with a strike to the downed opponent are particularly likely to be considered a winning ippon technique.[citation needed] A competitor is declared the winner upon achieving a judgment of ippon.

Occasionally shobu nihon kumite is used, in which two decisive strikes (or four less-decisive strikes, scored as waza-ari) are required for a win. In many tournaments, sanbon scoring is used. This promotes a flashier style of fighting more suited to a spectator sport. More traditional tournaments usually use ippon scoring.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crego, Robert (7 August 2017). "Sports and Games of the 18th and 19th Centuries". Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved 7 August 2017 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Jung, Woo Jin; Lawler, Jennifer (7 August 2017). "Freestyle Sparring". Human Kinetics. Retrieved 7 August 2017 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Inman, Roy (7 August 2017). "The Judo Handbook". The Rosen Publishing Group. Retrieved 7 August 2017 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Ohlenkamp, Neil (7 August 2017). "Black Belt Judo". New Holland Publishers. Retrieved 7 August 2017 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Kane, Lawrence A. (1 November 2015). "The Way to Black Belt: A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results". YMAA Publication Center, Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2017 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Fretwell, Dorian (31 July 2012). "DŌDŌ KARATE DŌ: Karate Dō Life Training". AuthorHouse. Retrieved 7 August 2017 – via Google Books. 

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