Analysis of fighting actions of judo competitors on the basis of the men’s tournament during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing Kazimierz Witkowski, Jarosław Maśliński, Tomasz Kotwica Journal of Combat Sports and Martial Arts 2012; 3(2):121-129 ICID: 1047659
Article type: Original article
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Introduction. The aim of this work was to provide a characteristics of the judo combat and present factors that may influence the result of a sports combat. On the basis of the tournament’s result analysis, the combat specifics of the world’s top athletes were determined and may be used to orient and streamline a training process. Material and methods. The study materials were the combat lists from the men’s judo tournament in Beijing as published on the official website of the Olympic Games. The indirect observation method was applied, using computerised and available information concerning each combat. Basic statistical methods were used to process the data: arithmetic means and percentage compilation. Results. During the men’s tournament, there was a total of 303 combats in all 7 weight categories. Altogether, there were 228 competitors participating. No country gained a clear advantage in the medal classification. A significant part of combats (66.67%) ended by nage-waza (throwing), of which the te-waza (hand) (27.06%) and ashi-waza (foot and leg) (23.43%) techniques most often decided about the victory. The katame-waza (grappling) techniques ended 15.51% of all combats. Out of all 47 combats that ended in a horizontal position, 37 ended by osaekomi-waza (holding). Conclusions. 1. Most combats of the men’s tournament ended before time and the score awarded most often by referees was ippon. 2. The victories were most often awarded in consequence of the nage-waza (throwing) techniques rather than the katame–waza (grappling) techniques. 3. The te-waza (hand) throwing group techniques proved to be dominating.