Saturday is my first time officially having to deal with the new judo rules. We had the tournament director come in to explain all that, and it turns out it's even worse than I had previously thought. Not only is it illegal to use your hands below the belt AT ALL on the initial attack, but it's illegal to use your hands to block or defend or counter your opponent's attack below the belt. On a tomoe nage, for example: [y]XZPpeVzTt-E[/y] When the guy puts his foot on your stomach to prepare for the throw, you're not allowed to use your hand to push the foot away. On a seoi nage: [y]wJvVbj6XkmU[/y] you're not allowed to put your hand on the guy's hip to block him. etc. The fun just never ends!