After the World Championships the IJF will finalize the rules that will govern all IJF tournaments up to and including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Here is my proposed change:
"Penalized with Hansoku-make:
All attacks or blocking with one or two hands or with one or two arms below the belt in Tachi-waza."
"Penalized with Shido
All attacks or blocking with one or two hands or with one or two arms below the belt in Tachiwaza will be penalized with shido if the attack or block does not result in a score of Yuko or higher. There is no penalty for any attack below the belt if a score of yuko or higher is attained by the result of the attack, and the score shall be awarded."
1) This simple change would reintroduce POSITIVE scoring attacks and counterattacks that people complain have gone missing.
2) It would still penalize the horrible flop/drop judo that was becoming more prevalent through the Beijing Olympics.
3) The "certainty" that coaches want when a player touches or grabs a leg remains. If it was a scoring throw during attack, block, or counterattack, it was a legitimate attack, if it wasn't a scoring throw it is a penalty.
4) The penalty system for a "false attack" becomes more consistent, fair, and in line with traditional standards. Direct Hansoku-make should be reserved for egregious actions.
5) All those critics have to shut up. Instead of complaining in the social media and blogosphere about the IJF "taking" techniques out of judo, the IJF silences them with this simple rule change.
6) Coaches and Players have to up their game to deal with far more variables and risk assessments making judo even more dynamic and interesting.
What do you guys think?