What is Mate?
The referee calls a “Mate” to temporarily stop a contest due to a problem which has occurred. At this time, the referee calls out the word “Mate,” and extends one arm horizontally at shoulder height in the direction of the timekeeper, with palm forward and fingers facing up.
A “Mate” may be called to allow the contestants to rearrange their disheveled uniforms, or when the contestants are attempting too few Waza and no changes, or when an accident such as bloody nose, etc., occurs. When the referee calls “Mate,” the contest is temporarily stopped for a “reset”, then the referee gives the “Hajime” signal and the contest is resumed.