Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
How judo will change in 2018
1 Jan 2018 09:00
Starting today, there are some slight modifications of the IJF rules. JudoCrazy analysed the new rules and notes the Top 5 ways how judo will be affected (not in any order of significance).
1. Leg grabs are considered a normal shido.
Long gone are the days when a single leg grab (or even a mere touch) would result in hansoku-make. Now, also gone is the two leg grabs = hansoku-make rule. Leg grabs are now a regular shido infringement so you will get hansoku-make only if you get three of those. The most likely impact of this new change is that people will be less conservative in their style of play. In the past, you had to be super careful not to even touch the legs. Now, you can try more things and if you accidentally touch your opponent's leg, it's just a shido.
2. You cannot win by shido in Golden Score.
Well, this is not exactly true because if your opponent gets three shidos, they will get hansoku-make and you will win. But you cannot win through shido play in Golden Score. That's a significant game-changer. We all know that the common strategy in Golden Score is to attack your opponent three times without answer in order to get them to incur a shido. That strategy will largely be negated by this rule. Instead, players will have to try to actually score a point during Golden Score, in order to win. Since Golden Score is tiring, most players will probably want to try to score and win during regular time. So, I anticipate a reduction in matches going into Golden Score.
3. The return of waza-ari-awasatte-ippon.
This too will cause players to try to score faster in order to end the match early. These days, waza-aris are also given to what was formerly yukos, so it makes sense for players to try to get two small scores to win the match outright. It might lead to a reduction in outright ippons but we should see a lot of waza-ari-awasatte-ippons. Overall, this should be good for television as there will be more action and more scores, even if they are not very big scores.
4. You cannot straighten the leg during shimewaza
This rule won't affect many players. Although it is common for players to take hold of uke's leg or grab the trousers during a shimewaza, it's actually not that common for players to completely straighten out uke's leg. I've seen it happen only a few times. Still, it's a good rule to have as it can help to prevent injuries to uke's leg.
5. Immediate attack required for unorthodox grips
These days anything other than a sleeve-lapel grip is pretty much considered unorthodox. For example, if you have a double sleeve grip, that's consider unorthodox and you will have to attack straight away. Initially, when rule changes were introduced for 2017 there was an intention to give more leeway for unorthodox gripping. Many people welcomed that because unorthodox gripping can result in very dynamic and unusual throws. Now, with the rule saying you have to attack immediately, it leaves less room for setting up innovative throws. This could result in a more boring, conservative style of play.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
There are not many great players who manage to transition into a great coach. The one who immediately comes to mind is Ezio Gamba, an Olympic champion from Italy who has gone on to coach several Olympic champions from Russia. Read more
Waldemar Legien was the third player to have won two Olympic gold medals. Hitoshi Saito (JPN) and Peter Seisenbacher (AUT) both won theirs in 1984 and 1988 while Legien got his in '88 and '92. Read more
It’s always great to analyse judo and the most recent development in our sport. Whether they are critical or not, at least discussion leads to a good modus in which it should direct. The Paris Grand Slam has been such a milestone event that should be the benchmark. Still there have been some interesting situations that need more attention for the discussion among coaches and athletes. Read more
IJF President Marius Vizer introduced the new rules at the IJF homepage with a few extra personal words. “In the process of development of our sport, it is of utmost importance to do the best, first of all for the content and the image of our sport, for a better comprehensibility and consistence of the rules for judokas, judo lovers and the World.” Read more
Last weekend the new IJF Rules are published and JudoInside and JudoCrazy put their hands together for an analysis. In this case Oon Yeoh, chief editor of JudoCrazy analyses the new golden score situation. Most people are glad that there's Golden Score rather than Hantei to decide matches where the players are evenly scored at the end of four minutes. Now they will have to score another time, which gives a fair winner, but longer matches. Read more
Raynaldo Kuijpers (NED)
|2||Tel Aviv||28 Apr|