Why is it that in judo competition you get penalized for non-combativity when you stall or run when you are on your feet but when you are on the ground the main two strategies appear to be:
- turtle up and be defensive until the ref gets bored and re-starts you standing
- disengage and walk back to the starting line, ignoring the guy that just fell
I mean, I do understand that they think that groundwork is boring to watch and they want to encourage ippon judo and all that, but this particular glitch in the rules (or their interpretation by officials) is dumb. If you think that stalling and fleeing is bad when you're standing then you should penalize it on the ground too. If you think that ignoring the downed opponent or stalling on the ground is okay, then these strategies should be okay when you stand back up.
But then again, you can't have a judo match when one player is stalling and running and stiffarming and only playing defense, so IMO, we should have good, reasonable penalties for noncombativity both standing and on the ground.