Stupid Rules and The New "Two-Hand" RuleThere are rules in contemporary Judo competitions that I think are really stupid. The new "two-hand" rule is, not, one of them.
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Stupid rules, including the "no leg grab" rule, are rules that are promoted as supposedly to make things safer for players when in fact they are not based on any data and actually do nothing to improve competition. But that is a discussion for another blog post.
Mind you it only does so because we have allowed grip fighting to develop to a ridiculous proportion of the contest. Something that can also be said for leg grabs that supposedly precipitated the introduction of the "no leg grab" rule.
Before the advent of the "two-hand" rule I have been known to call out "Boring" from the sidelines over the top of others cheering for their fellow contestants. I can't understand why more weren't doing it. No one can honestly tell me that watching to Judo players play handsies, in the guise of grip fighting, on the mat is even slightly compelling.