Glossary of Judo terminology

Maitta (Give up)

Maitta (Give up)

"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. The "Maitta" (Give up) signal is given when a contestant is being subjected to an Osae komi waza (Hold-down techniques), a Shime waza (Strangling techniques), or a Katame-waza (Grappling techniques) which cannot be countered, and which is inflicting damage which cannot be endured.
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" (Give up) signal is given.