Once again the Olympics have come and gone. All the preparation for the judoka have culminated in competition in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016 at the Carioca Arena 2 inside the Barra Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca. The results we spectacular, with over 80% of competitions decided by ippon. Fighters from 138 countries competing in fourteen events (7 men and 7 woman) for the ultimate prize of Olympic champion gold medalist.
Now that the Olympics are over, and the last competition of the year, the Tokyo Grand Slam 2016, the unofficial off-season begins, December and January, before the first big competition of the year, Grand Slam in Paris February 2017. The International Judo Federation (IJF) review the last four years for results of the last judo rule changes and see what changes can be made towards the next rule changes for the qualification cycle for the next four years before Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
There are a few new changes. One change that I believe will help judoka vary their fighting style without worrying about being penalized (shido)is the change in grip fighting (kumikata). I believe the new kumikata rules will speed up the game. Last night during training there were some mix feelings about all the changes. See the new rules at IJF.ORG
Let me know of what you think of the new rule changes. As always workout, drink be merry.
P.S. Happy Holidays!