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Japanese judo set to rebound from London debacle

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By Chris Gallagher

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Don't you mean 柔道? The Japanese broadcasters along with the Judo Association of Japan like to talk about how the Japanese "judoka" 柔道家 practice the traditional form of the sport and HOW one wins a match is more important than just winning.

They often openly criticize the techniques used by foreign athletes saying that they are just on the mat to win. They have even gotten to the point of attempting to force the international federation that oversees Judo in the Olympics and other international competitions to change rules regarding what techniques are allowable in a match, to give the Japanese wrestlers a better chance at winning.

I praise the foreign wrestlers for mastering the sport and elevating their skills to the level of Olympic and World champions, and I also believe that the Japanese Judo Association needs to wake up and smell the coffee. The world has caught up with and passed Japan, just like it did in volleyball and other sports as well.

We live in the 21st century not back in Edo.

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As I recall, Ishihara said non-Japanese played judo like 'beasts'.

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The one where the JOc promised oodles of gold?

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I bet they don't! But not to worry the Japanese must be getting used to losing at international events by now.

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As a Judoka and avid fan, Japan's male team is behind... too far behind. The attitude going in was not what a winner would do, but as someone who goes out there just to do it. The female team (more in the freestyle wrestling team) has an "I will win no matter what" mentality. Japan needs to realize that because of their failure to promote judo, rather than say "it is from Japan", resulted in their loss of seats on the committee and rules were changed.

Oh, and the double leg take down is a legit judo move, Kimura himself used it :

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Not a single one of these posts understands what the Japanese meaning of judo really is. It appears that the Japanese pure form of wanting to win by an ippon throw is mistranslated as sour grapes when they lose to another nation. Judo originated as a martial art of being able to throw an attacker onto their neck or back on a hard surface, in order to disable or kill the aggressor. It was not invented as a martial art of collecting points and avoiding the risk of being thrown.

You should not knock the Japanese for wanting to practice a more attractive form of judo and for them criticising the international sport for diluting the art. I travelled to London in 2012 specifically to watch Japanese judoka. My favourite Hiraoka marched majestically to the final but was sucker-punched by a hold and hip throw.

All judoka throughout the world have a sensei traced back to Japan and Japan to judo is the same as Brazil and England to football. So people should really understand what they are talking about before wanting to criticise the Japanese origins and desires of the art.

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@tiger sorry but all sports change with time, most martial arts traditional forms is to disable or kill your apponent, naturally, you cant do this in an Olympics so rules have to be set so there is a result without serious injuries. bouts cant go on forever. You need to keep Judo interesting otherwise its spectators won't come and will probably get kicked out of the Olympics again. For Japan to say the rules need to be changed to suit their style is wrong, Japan needs to adapt so they can match foreign opponents, every Judoka will use his strong points to win, whether its speed, technique, strength.

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Exactly

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TigersTokyoDome: "You should not knock the Japanese for wanting to practice a more attractive form of judo and for them criticising the international sport for diluting the art. I travelled to London in 2012 specifically to watch Japanese judoka. My favourite Hiraoka marched majestically to the final but was sucker-punched by a hold and hip throw."

Sorry, Tigers, but that's not how it works now. If Japan wants to keep it 'pure' and 'attractive' (to Japanese) then they cannot participate in international events where it is 'not pure' and expect all the nations of the world to abide by their preferred method. Oh, and that means the others cannot win, either.

It is indeed sour grapes when they lose, my friend. They want gold, they lose, then say "It's okay, it's not REAL JUUDO anyway" -- that is sour grapes when said like that.

It would be a sad day in the sport if Japan did not attend and do their best, but honestly if they want to participate they cannot dictate the terms of how it is done world-wide, and cannot complain about it if and when they lose. If they win all the medals, will they still complain about the style and say it's not good enough, or will they just be happy they are the champions?

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