Yes I am awake but even if I am not dreaming I must be living in a judo bubble! WHEN did this .....thing...start? Hang on before I start to blast away let me gather some facts and history.
This is not called a kata right?
This is a demonstration as in garden fete demonstration, its a bit of fun right?
You don't literally medal in this judo show right?
I am all for judo moving on, taking into account the times and society values etc. No I need to stop and clarify where we are at here.
Not another word until you reply.
Originally, the EJU had only 5 kata in which they held championships, the first five kata.
Then the most advanced ranks involved in the kata committee thought about including Itsutsu-no-kata and Koshiki-no-kata. But, there was a bit of a problem, namely that they knew very well that even if they could replicate the mechanics they really did not know what these kata were about or what their significance is. This is not me blasting others, they will admit to this themselves. So to be on the save side, they tried to combine the first organization of a European Championship in this kata with a visit to the country of Daigo-sensei. Since it would be odd for the EJU to let Daigo-sensei just decide everything by himself, particularly since he could only extensively explain his arguments in Japanese, they had to involve the most senior EJU judges even though they would not be able to apply the same criteria as Daigo-sensei for the simple reason that they do not have Daigo-sensei's background and knowledge. For example, not a single person in the EJU Kata Committee with the exception of the now ill Sugiyama-sensei speaks or reads any Japanese. The EJU Committee also finally understood that the level at which most Westerners 'comprehend' INK and KoshikiNK is not at the same level as for the other kata, and it would be somewhat odd for someone to be a "European Champion in X", when most Japanese would frown or immediately notice the knowledge and skill in X is not anywhere near what it is for the more standard kata. For this reason they came up with the alternative to not organize and attribute the title "European Champion" in these two kata.
When they were introduced, which I believe was at the EC 2010 in Pordenone Italy, they were in a separate category called "Kata Demonstration". Rather than points, they would receive predicates such as 'good', 'very good'. It still was very odd, as there was at least one team I knew very well and had worked with them on nage-no-kata, who were relative novices, ha no understanding of these higher kata (and would also graciously admit to that) yet would 'score' among the best, illustrating the whole thing was mostly a lottery.
Since this year (or was it last year) they have changed the designation again and replaced "Kata Demonstration" (for Koshiki-no-kata)with that "European Cup in X". INK was completely removed. The thinking, I guess, is that there is a less of a problem when, the performance is just mediocre but still the best among others, to be chosen winner than be chosen something that suggests that you are the European Champion or the "Single best of Europe in it". Mind that the first time "world championships kata" were organized, they were also not called "world championships", but "IJF World cup". It could mean that the EJU starting next year might add Koshiki to the other series and make it a full European Championship in Koshiki NK. I hope not though. It would not be a good idea.
With regard to the 'kata' called "Judo Show" (which thus is a 'kata' [according to the EJU] that is different for everyone]) this was introduced during the 2008 European Kata Championships held in Malta. France became the first European Champion in "Kata Show" with Italy winning Silver, and a different French team winning bronze.
Um ... yes, you do actually medal in "Judo Show"