Recently, the IJF announced that there will be two modifications to the current IJF Gi rules that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. These two changes are as follows…
Kodokangear Blog: New IJF Gi Rules
JakubMB wrote:Lol... My old Mizuno is still legit! It used to be too big though... Now it isn't
KuSakura does.afulldeck wrote:JakubMB wrote:Lol... My old Mizuno is still legit! It used to be too big though... Now it isn't
I hope manufactures start making Gis with various arm lengths for the same body size.
Cichorei Kano wrote:The IJF's commercial marketing strategy is brilliant and reminds of Microsoft.
See, I always by top-quality gi. The gi-shop then doesn't see me for the next 8-12 years. The same applied when I competed. The gi-business was not a glamour one in the 1970s. Then around 1992 the IJF came with the idea to create a blue gi, hence forcing everyone who did international competition, irrespective of whether their gi were still in good order or not, to by an extra or two extra blue gi. The gi shops suddenly had an unexpected increased in selling number.
The IJF then applied a similar strategy later with its "approved gi", and now with changes in gi requirements. Indeed like the Microsoft strategy where they used to build all these new applications and formats that would only run with the latest operating system forcing people to continuously by new nonsense switching from 3.1 to 3.11 to Win95, to Win97, to Win NT, to Win2000, WinMe, XP, Vista, Win7, Win8 and so on and so on.
The good thing is that the scenarios of inventiveness aren't finished yet. The IJF could, for example, change the color of the gi depending on the contest level, for example, blue and white gi for open tournaments, green and white for contintental championships, yellow and white for world championships, and orange and white on the Olympics. Commerce guaranteed. If this doesn't work they could also apply the Adobe strategy and in future no longer allow judoka to bring or buy their own gi. Instead, a judoka would only be allowed to buy a monthly subscription to IJF gi, in return for which the IJF at the tournament will make a gi available. The IJF could then fabricate a convincing explanation such as for example that this is to prevent fraud in gi, so that only gi made available by themselves are allowed. Sei-ryoku zen'yô indeed can also be applied in the financial world, so much is certain !
NittyRanks wrote:Yes because we don't have enough rules already.
...and how large is the rule book of Golf? (including decisions)Richard Riehle wrote:NittyRanks wrote:Yes because we don't have enough rules already.
"The last act of a dying organization is to enlarge the rule book."
Jonesy wrote:I would say this is a test of character for NGBs. There is no need to mandate IJF approved judogi in domestic competitions so the number of judo athletes who have to have the contemporary IJF standard would, in that instance, be quite small.
Jonesy wrote:I think that the impact a judogi has on performance is minimal - and probably psychological mainly, and those active on the IJF Grand Prix circuit tend not to compete in domestic events anyway.
Is it not the same for all competitors at that event?
have you ever thought that maybe ... just maybe there might be countries (not to point out the specific countries influntial in IJF) that might like the idea that athletes from poorer countries will not have as good chance to compete as Judoka from their countries.JakubMB wrote:Jonesy wrote:
Is it not the same for all competitors at that event?
That's exactly what I thought. That's why I wrote 'some athletes'. Almost every single competitor is going to have a new kit at that tournament. But you know Travis is competing in bjj at the time of GS Paris. I really don't think the judogi argument is the only one. On the other hand he does say he wants to get the Olympic Gold in Tokyo, but at the same moment he decides not to go to one of the biggest tournament in the IJF circuit and insteda goes to bjj tourney. I understand that both arts are important to him, as he often emphasised, but it creates a cognitive dissonance. But we digress and I really like Travis. He's tough and mean and I wish him all the best.
As for the regulations themselves, they are ludricous, because there are competitors from poorer countries whom cannot afford a a new set of kit every year and don't have massive sponsor to support their pursuit for a bit of judo glory. Even here in Poland, where it's tough, but hardly the toughest people complain. I.e. a new Mizuno Yusho, a Green Hill or Adidas is about 700 PLN. You can buy an IJF certified Noris Olympique for over 500, Green Hill jduogis are t. It's a hell lot of money when you earn 1200-1600 and have to pay the bills and all... If you want to compete you need to have money to travel and stuff. This is just unfair and financially exclusive.
have you ever thought that maybe ... just maybe there might be countries (not to point out the specific countries influntial in IJF) that might like the idea that athletes from poorer countries will not have as good chance to compete as Judoka from their countries.
No, that wouldn't be fair, would it ?finarashi wrote:have you ever thought that maybe ... just maybe there might be countries (not to point out the specific countries influntial in IJF)
that might like the idea that athletes from poorer countries will not have as good chance to compete as Judoka from their countries.
Maybe we can just go ahead and get sponsors like Nascar or branding plastered all over like BJJ?The International Judo Federation has stated additional embroidery/advertising are on the gis are now LEGAL. Check out the official statement and graphic from the IJF: