New IJF rule breakdown; question about false ashiwaza

I'm not clear on why false ashiwaza warrants a shido.

Do people use false ashiwaza to try to ward off a non-combativity penalty? If so, why not just ignore it as if it was a non-attack? Then, when however many seconds go by, award a shido for non-combativity?

What's the difference between a false ashiwaza and a feint to try to get a reaction?

Compare this to a false tomoenage. A false tomoenage can be used by a player who does not want to engage in tachiwaza to drag the opponent into newaza. Whether or not one agrees that's a reasonable thing to penalize, it's clear that a false tomoenage does have that effect. What is accomplished by false ashiwaza?

One Response to “New IJF rule breakdown; question about false ashiwaza”

  1. William F. Slater III Says:

    This is a highly subjective ruling. My prediction is that this will drive a lot of competitors out of the sport of competition Judo, because not everyone can make their attacks work perfectly enough and consistently enough to have them quickly turn into scoring throws the first time.

    In effect, it will hurt Judo, and shrink the overall number of participants, and maybe that's what they want. In my opinion, it's not good for Judo.

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