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They probably cried about it like babies and got the attention they wanted.

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Bravo on the ruling: Judo is not wrestling.

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Good for the sport, the other countries will adjust and then Japan will appeal for more changes. Next rule changes will be the Sumo association.

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They probably cried about it like babies and got the attention they wanted.

To be honest, I think they did just that. I got endless moaning and whining from my students about how foreigners had ruined judo, or even "judo is for Japanese." Got a lot of blank looks when I suggested that soccer should only be played by English people, in that case!

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As Judo is a Japanese sport, it should be played out as it was originally intended. I have watched olympic judo bouts in the past which have been basterdised by other countries own versions of the sport. Add to that the obvious unfair judging by judges who are incompetent. They even refuse to review videos of the bouts in the case unfair verdicts, thereby robbing Japanese of their fairly won medals.

Why do they need blue Judo suits ? Can't the judges tell who is who on the mat ?

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Original style of Judo seems to be very good for Japanese Judoka. I think it should have been in the past. As to past international games, they looked like dancing game on mat. Good dancers used to win the game like wrestler. Judo game must be used "Ippon" or "20 second Newaza" technique more often to win the game. It will be a more beautiful game than ever.

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In soccer, the identifying characteristic is the ball. Different martial arts on the other hand are differentiated by their range of tactics since they use the same means (bodies, hands and feet). So there is a valid case for tightening up the rules if certain teams are using tactics of another martial art, whether it happens to favor Japan or not.

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Tessa, the blank looks you got were for some other reason because what you said made no sense. If soccer was changed by some international committee where you can run with the ball, then the English started loosing because they didn't do that, then you would be right. The "judo" they are using doesn't work when you are old or weak, they are using techniques that favor the big and strong, requiring less skill or at least strength and skill. It is moving back to the traditional way where someone doesn't go in there and jerk and pull with all his muscles then take someone to the mat.

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"As tennis is a French sport, it should be played out as it was originally intended. I have watched tennis tournaments in the past which have been basterdised by other countries own versions of the sport."

Sounds ridiculously chauvinistic, doesn't it?

The French invented tennis, a sport mentioned in Shakespeare with a much longer history than judo (created in the 1880s), but you don't see the French all miserable about losing to "bastardizing" foreigners, do you.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Kwatt, it takes skill to make it look beautiful, however the dancing analogy implies cooperation which wouldn't require as much skill. To make it look beautiful without any cooperation by the opponent is very difficult due to the timing and sensitivity involved. Look at a clip on youtube of Mifune Judo and compare to Olympic Judo, no comparison.

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when martial arts become dependant on brute force from the big guys then it's not martial arts any more and just street fighting. I just love it when some small girl throws a huge black dude across the room.

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I'm sure Japan complained, and rightfully so. They changed the rules to help out other countries in the first place, but in doing so they made it completely boring. Did you try watching Judo at the Olympics?

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They promote 'traditional' judo and tachiwaza, yet 'you are not allowed to attack the legs'? HUH?!!! So, that's just hip and shoulder throws then. It reminds me of that scene on Yip Man II when Yip is beating the British boxer using the techniques he (the boxer) deems to be inferior, so his side get kicking techniques banned from the contest.

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the rule is the same for everybody, it does not favor any particular country. if you wanna change judo, try to get it legally acknowledged as a new (hahaha) sport, and call it something like rudo or putin-judo or whatever

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The new rules make judo more traditional and that definitely favors the Japanese.

There is no new rules about Judo from the begging. Judo is Judo. The sport of Judo is simply going back to the original way when Judo as sport was accepted to Olympics in 1964. Today's Judo was completely different from one in 1964.

There are two main ways to win at judo: Throw your opponent to the ground so they land flat on their back or pin them to the ground until they submit, or for 20 seconds.

These are definitely needed to win or lose the game more often during the game, not dancing each other until time is up. That is original Judo.

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Judo is practiced by millions of people around the world, and each school has more or less their own tricks to victory. Each time the rules are changed, such as in other disciplines, it is normal that they are going to be in favor of, or in the detriment of, part of the players/countries. Some countries with ruling status over one discipline will surely modify the rules so that they be in favor of their own players.

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New rules are:-

Referee and judges. Only one referee on the mat and one referee at a video check table with a radio communication assisted by a referee commission member or another referee will judge the fights. A rotation system will be implemented for the Referees. The IJF Jury will interfere only when they consider it to be necessary. Technical assessment -IPPON: to give more value (to take into account only the techniques with real impact on the ground on the back). Landing on the bridge position: All situations of landing on the bridge position will be considered Ippon. Penalties During the fight there will be three Shidos, and the fourth Hansoku-make (3 warnings and then disqualification). Shidos do not give points to the other fighter, only technical scores can give points on the scoreboard. At the end of the fight, if scoring is equal, the one with less Shido wins. If the fight continues to golden score (due to a draw), the first receiving a Shido loses, or the first scoring a technique will win. Penalized with Shido: -Breaking the grip with 2 hands. -Cross gripping should be followed by an immediate attack. Same rule as for the belt gripping and one side gripping. The referees should strictly penalize the contestants who do not engage in a quick Kumikata grip or who try not to be gripped by the opponent. -To hug the opponent for a throw. (Bear hug). Penalized with Hansoku-make: All attacks or blocking with one or two hands or with one or two arms below the belt in Tachi-waza. fédération internationale de judo - Institut du judo 21 25 avenue de la porte de châtillon paris XIV cedex 14 01 40 52 16 09 – 01 40 52 16 66 fax 01 40 52 16 60 president@ffjudo.com  Tokyo 2/12/2012 Osaekomi, Kansetsu-waza and Shime-waza

Will continue also outside of the contest area as long as Osaekomi was called inside. Osaekomi scores 10 seconds for Yuko, 15 seconds for Waza-ari, and 20 seconds for Ippon. The Kansetsu-waza and Shime-waza initiated inside the contest area and recognized as being effective to the opponent can be maintained even if the contestants are outside the contest area. Cadets – U 18 Kansetsu-waza authorized for Cadets. The bow: When entering the tatami area, fighters should walk to the entrance of the contest area at the same time and bow to each other into the contest area. The contestants must not shake hands BEFORE the start of the contest. Duration of Contests No time limit for Golden Score (Hantei is cancelled). Information The IJF is organizing an international Refereeing and Coaching Seminars in each continent, in order to explain and clarify the new rules. IJF will invite 1 referee and 1 coach from each nation (accommodation and meals). Travel fees are covered by the delegates. Additional delegates can attend on own costs.

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When martial arts become dependant on brute force from the big guys then it's not martial arts any more and just street fighting. It's good to bring the rules back to traditional judo roots.

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I applaud the decision to stop turning judo into another wrestling event. And the Japanese have every right to complain when someone takes their national sport and starts messing with it. The line had to be drawn somewhere.

... next up I want naked wrestling back, Greco-Roman style!! And oil, lots and lots of olive oil....

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Good for the sport! Now re-introduce wrestling back into Olympics, instead of griping that Judo is too different from wrestling.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The sport of Judo is simply going back to the original way when Judo as sport was accepted to Olympics in 1964.

Mmm, natsukashii!!!

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