Shiai involves 3 judokas. One of the three is the judge who carefully watches the work of the other 2 judokas. These 3 people are committed to creating an IPPON.
The judge’s task is to set a pace that reflects his conviction and concentration and his ability to anticipate action. The judge has the responsibility to keep the other 2 judokas in making a clear and unambiguous decision that must be made in the present moment.
The judge remains an active participant in the Shiai.
Shiai is the opportunity to look at each other. There are always 2 winners unless one of the 3 people cannot see the way forward.