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    Grip Fighting at the Olympics



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    Grip Fighting at the Olympics

    Post by gester on Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:34 pm

    OK, I know grip fighting is a fact of life, but I sure got tired of watching it during the Olympics and of the shido's that it generated.


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    Re: Grip Fighting at the Olympics

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    Re: Grip Fighting at the Olympics

    Post by cokiee on Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:09 am

    To a certain extent in some situations the shido is there to discourage sustained grip fighting, no?

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    Re: Grip Fighting at the Olympics

    Post by finarashi on Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:40 am

    You can not use two arms to break opponents grip, which makes grip fighting much harder.

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    Re: Grip Fighting at the Olympics

    Post by Y-Chromosome on Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:14 am

    The grip fighting is a DIRECT and entirely foreseeable result of the ban on leg attacks.
    It used to be possible to attack an opponent with morote gari or kuchiki taoshi if he/she refused to grip. Frequently by feinting an attempt to grip and dropping under the hands reacting to block and reaping the legs.
    There was always grip fighting but the rule change made it worse. All that said, I don't think it's reasonable to think that two closely matched elite competitors will allow each other any kind of advantage that might lead to a loss. They are there to win, not get thrown for ippon so the fans can cheer. Nor is it reasonable to expect them to not "game" the rules, whatever they might be.

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