Judogi Control Rules: Effective September 1st 2015

Judo Canada will put into effect for national tournaments the following rules :


– The jacket has to cover completely the Buttocks. It has to be 10 cm at least from the knee.
– At the sleeves level (During the control the arms must be straight and fists closed): the SOKUTEIKI must slip inside entirely and smoothly.
– Judogi sleeves must cover up the full arm including wrist in the control position of the judogi jacket (open arms).
– Crossing points of the jacket must be at more than 20 cm.
– The distance between the 2 lapels of the jacket horizontally, needs to be of a minimum of 20 cm.
– The distance between the sternum top and the lapel crossing point of the jacket vertically must be less than 10cm.
– The distance between the bottom of the trousers and the exterior malleolus (ankle) must be less or equal to 5 cm.
– The width must be between 10 and 15 cm at the knee level.
– The thickness of the belt must be between 4 and 5 mm
– The tips starting from the central knot must have a length between 20 and 30 cm.
– The knot must be correctly and tightly made.
– The belt must not be made of a stiff and/or slipping material
– Advertising is allowed only on the jacket as per IJF rules.

We will not put into effect for national tournaments the following rules :

– The “IJF Approved” label on the jacket, the trousers and the belt.
– The obligation to wear an IJF official supplier judogi.
– The obligation to have a backnumber.
– The width of the lapel side must be 4 cm (4 threads instead of 5).
– The obligation to wear jacket and trousers of the same brand.
– If an athlete does not respect the judogi rules, the coach who is responsible for the athlete would be suspended for the rest of the competition of the day.

To learn more, click here to view the IJF Guidance of Judogi Control Document.