Fab wrote:I think that break/moving outside did good, yes.
Maybe a tournament between all judges volunteers to determine who'd be the head judge ? Or just drawing lots ? Or chnaging head judge at each fight ?
I personally also thank Ilkka for volunteering and adapting to the mood, and also for sometimes insisting on pedagogy. I think he did a great job - and the fact that it was his first Dijon event kind of gave him an aura of neutrality and objectivity, and that's cool
Problem, partly, was that we had no printed versions of the rules, which meant that all the judges had only their memory to rely on, and after 3 days and 3 nights of Dijon, this is a huge task.
Also, I enjoyed that you agreed to be a 'forced volunteering' fighter for that tournament, Wolfgang, because I quite liked your way to fight.
Ilkka Hartikainen wrote:I feel bad that you people never saw me fight or had a chance to have a go against me, since my original intention was to participate in the tournament myself and fight everybody as much as possible. I hope we can fix this problem next year, and everybody willing can cross swords with me, steel, shinai, wrestling - you name it, I like it.
Ilkka Hartikainen wrote:Wolfgang,
I agree completely that the head judge needs to have knowledge of all the various systems that might be used by the competitors, at least to some degree.
I personally wish to learn as much as I can about the Liechtenauer tradition, even if I am a Fiore-man myself, in the same way as I wish to learn backsword even if the Bolognese sidesword is much more dear to me.
At this stage in the game (WMA in general) I believe that we need specialists to research/develop specific systems, but for better exchange with others and especially for a complete understanding of their specialty fields we need to be able to cross-reference with other systems. And as instructors the wide base of knowledge makes it possible to teach people from other systems so that we understand why they have certain tendencies typical to their systems - and it also helps when judging a tournament.
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