Monday, May 28, 2012
Scoring without Power?
In an effort to promote safety, the committee presiding over the Olympic games for Taekwondo has ruled that any foot contact with the head, regardless of power will be awarded full points for a headkick.
While some argue that this is, in fact, actually promoting safety and helping to popularize the sport, others feel that it takes away from Taekwondo, which is meant to be a powerful sport and that this new rule reduces Olympic competition to a possible "foot fencing" spectacle.
Studies done on Olympic Taekwondo have come to the conclusion that concussion rates are, indeed, quite high in the upper competitive levels. However, this same study also observed that these head injuries were often attained in situations in which the kick could have very well been blocked physically, had the rules allowed it. Perhaps, instead of simply scoring every headkick, regardless of power, with full points, blocking can be introduced. With padded forearms, neither competitor risks much injury if the shin and forearm collides. The increased difficulty of kicking the head could also give headkicks more value, as well as encouraging competitors to seek out different methods of attacking and scoring.
Posted by TaekwonPro at 6:24 AM