JD’s analysis is, for the most part right on the money. I a nation lacks a champion and it’s a sport where know how is required, no one’s gonna look at it.
That’s why Germany must endure ski jumping, a sport NO ONE one is actively practicing save for some competing athletes.
Boxing is easy to watch, whoever whacks the other more often and brutally wins. Wrestling, not so easy…
I agree that Tae Kwon DO on the highest level looks often awful, alhough its better in the higher weight classes.
But my real beef is with fukn FENCING.
What are they doing!?
They are moving around like faeries. My buddies in fourth grade had rougher fencing matches and I’m serious.
First, it’s just point scoring where, in contrast to other point systems, a hit will NEVER hurt. Even in TWD an occasional KO is possible. Fencing carries ZERO danger of being hurt even a little.
And they stop immediately! Never mind your oppnent hit you square in the face/mask, because a split second before, you stung him so lightly in the leg he would have never realized.
Also, they move just in TWO fukn dimensions!
It’s an outrage. Moving intelligently and athletically around is a large part of fighting and technical issues are long gone by now.
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I disagree. While I can’t say I want or understand much about fencing, I do know it is a sport that requires an enormous amount to skill and athleticism. Moving in only two directions make it all the more difficult to execute an effective attacks and makes long set ups and speed all the more important. I also appreciate the long and storied history behind the sport.
But really, a lot of your critique is moot. A lot of sports don’t run the risk on injury on scoring. In collegiate wrestling, true slams are illegal, and most scoring (near points or escapes, for instance) runs no risk of injury at all. How are you gonna injure someone as you get away from him?
Would you really want fencers to die of pierced organs by giving them sharp foils?
Part of it, though, is just that I am extremely impressed by any sort of one-on-one competition and have A Hard-on for Talent ( http://www.t-nation.com/readArticle.do?id=481832 ) like TC, be it the K-1 Middleweight Championship, or the World Streetfighter (the video game) championship.