DrewFleming wrote:I would love to know what the opinion of the Judo world is to great champions now promoting the new (restrictive my term) rules in international judo.
Can we believe these great competitors who won world titles, Olympic medals would have liked to compete under the new rules.
Do you think they have sold out for $ or Euros.. personally I think its sad and I see them pushing the new rules and in some of the videos they are being treated like beginners.
I personally think that Judo should only ban things that are dangerous. That any technique that bangs an opponent on the flat of his back, any technique that uses the gi to get an ippon should be allowed. If an opponent comes out on his hands and knees and beats you then its up to Judo to find away to defeat it.. Judo is a method of self defence built on scientific principles (with a Sporting side) sport Judo is not Judo...
Personally Adams, who I think is a great competitor and Gamba who is also.. and both I have had the pleasure of training with are now not representing judo as it was developed by Kano and for that I am so disappointed in them.
I think they are being realistic. Just as I am in not freaking out over new rules. Not that I approve or like all of them...
Neil Adams, if you read what he writes (try his book "Tai Otoshi" published by Ippon Books, which I have been going over again over the past few days), advocates upright, attacking, judo.
The situation had gotten so bad regarding use of tactical judo to win at all costs (use of grips/posture/"proper false attacks(diving at legs), etc.) that in my option something had to be done. Competitive Judo was getting uglier and uglier, less judo like in appearance (upright, attacking Judo as Mr. Adams likes and advocates) to the point it was not judo anymore, despite the ability to do ashi tori waza freely. I was watching some older video tapes of former students, and that sort of crap was filtering down to much lower levels of judo progressively. Which was a bad thing.
I doubt seriously Kano would have been very happy with the state of Judo for a long time, perhaps especially with the leg diving when outgripped, bending over, athleticism uber alles win at costs attitude.
So the IJF took action. Of course, the IJF was part of the problem, with the "monetization/professionalization" of judo causing the win at all costs attitude.