The new IJF rules are upon us, and my intent is not to discuss or debate their merit or lack thereof, but to ask if/how you plan to implement them.
In my dojo, we plan to keep teaching judo. That translates to; our smallest children will continue to be taught the fundamentals. Since we really do not stress or overly encourage competition at this level it does not really apply to them. We will cover the rules for our younger juniors, but not dwell on it. We will cover the rules, and focus on remaining contest legal techniques with our older junior who compete.
Seniors (High School/college age) folks make up a minority of our dojo, but are generally active competitors. We will focus on the rules with them, but stress that for promotion (especially to ikkyu/shodan) that they still need to know and demonstrate with proficiency all of techniques – not just those allowed in competition. My reasoning being It would be absurd for example to tell someone “kata garuma is forbidden but you need to know it as part of the kata.”
The majority of our population is made up by masters age, dan grade judoka with a few novices of the same age sprinkled in. All of this group either did or does still compete at varying levels with varying degrees of success. Within this group, I expect that there will be some discussion of the new rules formally, and a longer one over a beverage after class but that we will continue to do judo as before. And when I say as before I mean that while we don’t still score kokas we still recognize 67 techniques and think that 65 of them are perfectly valid as far as randori is concerned. If anyone is nursing an injury, they can still declare something off limits with their randori partner.
How do you plan to roll this out in your dojo? For the rest of the yudanshakai – how would you like to see it rolled out in your dojo?
Thanks for your input!