Saturday, May 19, 2012

Olympic Espionage

  With the 2012 London Olympics coming up, Taekwondo teams are trying to get every advantage they can get. The British team now has a fulltime staff member who records potential opponent's fights and then attempts to analyze his techniques and style. This is predicted to become a trend used to give a competitor an idea and forewarning as to what their opponent will be using in their next match.

 While some, such as Steve Lopez, are not worried about their fights being recorded, the British team is adamant that this will help them. By examining opponent's techniques, they intend to develop counters and stratagems that are specifically geared towards a certain opponent.

Already, the study has illustrated the radical differences in fighting styles between different countries and regions of the world, with Asians as a whole tending to attempt more headkicks and aerial maneuvers, while teams such as Iran's tend to stick to grounded body kicks for a higher chance of scoring consistently.


Anonymous said...

Isn't this common practice in most sports? Don't most football/basketball/etc players watch videos of teams they're soon to compete against to know what to expect?

Anonymous said...

but you have to consider how many people do taekwondo and how many people you are gonna compete in a tournament, dude

a football team can concentrate on just a few teams that follow similar strategies

you'd have to overprepare like crazy to have a strategy for every country

it would be waaaay more efficient to just train in an overall manner, in something super basic like trying to make you kicks faster