Master of Arts
- Sep 25, 2006
- Reaction score
- Stevenage, Herts, UK
I spoke to my daughter on this very topic.Totally. I'm open to the possibility that I just lack the context to understand what I'm seeing.
Judo (and Sumo) are very fun to watch for me, because I can see the grip fighting and positional battles that are going on. But I could totally understand that to someone who isn't familiar with grappling, it looks like two people dancing around. Maybe TKD is like that.
She was a recreational Taekwondoin (2nd poom), when we watched the Judo. She's never done Judo but is aware of throws and submissions (because they're part of Kukkiwon Taekwondo now). Her response while watching it was "why do they keep grabbing each other and then stopping?" and "why has it stopped just because it's on the ground, I thought Judo was all about grappling and submissions on the ground".
To her it looked very dull and was missing the exciting bits she knew of Judo (exciting throws - rather than just trips - and ground submissions rather than just holding people still for 10 seconds). As you said, I too am aware of grip fighting and such - but most people aren't, so to the average viewer I'd imagine it looks much as it did for my daughter.
I haven't spoken to any non martial artists about Olympic Judo, but maybe I should...