What is Maitta?

“Maitta” (Give up) is the sign given by the receiver of a Waza, indicating that he gives up. When a contestant has been rendered helpless by a Waza, he taps the opponent or the floor two times with his hand to indicate surrender. The contest is stopped at that point.

Under Kodokan rules, a contestant is awarded an Ippon if he holds down the opponent for 30 seconds (25 seconds under IJF rules), but an Ippon gachi (Win by ippon) will be awarded earlier if the “Maitta” signal is given.

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