Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:26 AM
They do good work, a lot of work and in a variety of disciplines, so hat off to them, as it is difficult to get money for such work or even colleagues to get interested in it to collaborate, unless they are also colleagues without money. However, unlike what one of the press articles suggests, the method is not new. We used it in jûdô back in 1997, at which time, to the best of my knowledge, it was indeed new. In any case how we used it in judo we did from scratch. Since then the method also has been successfully used to assess kata. With regard to other training forms, uchi-komi, and nage-komi have been preferable to randori, because unpredictable movements in randori will pull off some of the leads or connections of the device, and you are also limited to making contact with the opponent with an area of the body other than that on which you are wearing the device. The main difference, in my opinion, is that back in 1997 the judo world was not interested in it and not ready for it. Maybe today they are. That is also why I kept saying that national squads were still training like in the early 1970s, if you don't get gold, then just train harder and more, rather than 'better'. Certainly using this knowledge it is possible to optimize training for jûdô athletes.
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