Originally Posted by plowking
I spent 20 minutes watching this f*cking sport, I still don't know how anyone scores a point. Basically just hold onto your opponents robe and you're fine. You might even escape with a win.
It's fairly straightforward. Throwing your opponent on their back or submitting your opponent on their back is an instant win (ippon). You perform either of these actions to a lesser extent you can score a wasari (essentially a half ippon), or a yuko (the smallest score).
If no one wins the game within the time limit they look at points scored. If a tie they continue to fight sudden death to first point scored. If still a draw judges decide.
That's the basic gist of it.