A friend of mine recently did a judo competition on a whim after several years away. He was not aware of some of the new rules. He received hansakumake for grabbing the guy's leg to defend and counter a tomoenage attempt. He was obviously upset, not meaning to break a rule, but it got me wondering.
Now, I read the articles about the rule changes with comments from Jimmy Pedro, etc, but I still just wonder.
Do judoka agree with these rule changes? Do you think that they detract from or enhance Kano's vision of what shiai was supposed to be?
Just wanting to solicit opinions. I know my own, but I'm not a judoka really, so it hardly matters. But I am certainly interested.