Glossary of Judo terminology

Inner sleeve

Inner sleeve

"Inner sleeve" refers to the mid-sleeve part of the Judo uniform, with the back side being the outer mid-sleeve, and the inner side (chest side) being the inner mid-sleeve. A contestant grasps the opponent's sleeve with his Hiki-te (Pulling hand) when standing in the natural posture, and he uses that hand to pull the opponent forward and to destabilize him, etc. The Hiki-te (Pulling hand) grasp is used to pull on the mid-sleeve in combination with the Tai-sabaki (Body shifting / Body control) motions in order to effectively execute a Waza.
When grasping the opponent's sleeve, the contestant must use care to avoid grasping the back of the sleeve or inserting a hand into the sleeve opening to grasp it or twist the opening, as these actions will draw a penalty.