Well, every fucking time, some ass (mostly one of the other noobs) cranks my neck pretty hard in practise. It doesn't hurt too bad when they crank it, but it sucks to be sore the following days. I'm guessing I make some kind of rookie mistake to make myself susceptible for cranks, so if any of you have tips for avoiding cranks, I'd be thankful. Now to the question: are neck cranks allowed when you're sparring, and do you use them? Oh, and on a side note: I finally got to spar a decent judoka. All the other guys use double/single leg or trip takedowns (or really, really sloppy judo throws), and seeing as I've got pretty good (pretty good for a noob, that is) at stuffing those, it was a great and humbling experience to get tossed high and low by this guy. Now I'd really, really want to go train judo, but my stiff ass would most probably be hospitalized the first week (playing hockey as a youngster really doesn't do very well for your flexibility). Major respect to judo, and I hope the judoka becomes a regular.