IJF Hall of Famer Neil Adams, who is in Cancun in his IJF Referee Supervisor role, shared his technical analysis of the opening day of Grand Prix competition in Mexico.

From a technical point of view I believe the Cancun Grand Prix has started really well. Generally, there was a high percentage of ippons and a few golden scores towards the end. We carried on from the World Championships in terms of exciting and positive judo.

There’s been a really good balance with the interpretation of the rules, to allow the fights to go on and the judo to flow. We’ve seen very strong transitions into the ne-waza which is an area that I have been particularly persistent with.

I have to stay that between the groundwork and standing there was a very good ratio.

We had a couple of occasions where we thought judoka were playing for penalties and using gamesmanship. We want judoka to playy for scores and not penalties. Our message is for coaches to train their judoka and instil a mindset to always go for scores.

We want to encourage more scores. We saw one example with dominating grips, dominating kumi-kata, but using it for the wrong reasons, not to attack and such instances result in a penalisation for breaking the rules.

Olympic champion Paula PARETO (ARG) was absolutely superb, I thought she was good in the Worlds but has been exceptional here. PARETO has looked really sharp and defeated London 2012 Olympic champion Sarah MENEZES with a good performance.

Olympic champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) also fought well. She was positive, looked strong and kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Day one has been a highly enjoyable day of judo. I believe the World Championships set a new marker, a new level in terms of quality for elite level judo and that is continuing here in Cancun.

British legend Neil Adams is double Olympic silver medallist, 1981 world champion, five-time European champion and is ranked 9th Dan. IJF Commentator and Technical Adviser Adams, who is known as the ‘Voice of Judo’, moved into coaching after his remarkable competitive career and had spells with the Welsh Judo Association, British Judo Association and in Belgium.

See also
International Judo Friendship in Ethiopia

10. Dec. 2018 / Johannes Daxbacher is the chair of the IJF MP commission for 2018. He has also been very active in Ethiopia ...

VIDEO
Meet Your Judoka - World champion Nikolz Sherazadishvili (ESP)

08. Dec. 2018 / Get to know Spain's -90kg world champion Nikolz Sherazadishvili who talks about his life on and off the ...

VIDEO
Driton Toni Kuka reveals the methods behind Kosovo's judo success

08. Dec. 2018 / Kosovo national team coach Driton Tonia Kuka explains all exclusively to the IJF about the team he built ...

Social inclusion project in Croatia wins #BeInclusive Sport Award from the European Commission

06. Dec. 2018 / A judo project in Croatia for people with disabilities has won a 2018 #BeInclusive Sport Award from the ...

Congratulations on the 100 year anniversary of The Budokwai!
The Budokwai Centenary Film

29. Nov. 2018 / Watch below the centenary documentary celebrating Europe's oldest and most prestigious judo club, The ...

Ruben Houkes: The Passion to Transmit

26. Nov. 2018 / Ruben Houkes (born 8 June 1979) is a Dutch judoka who won the -60kg world title at the 2007 World Judo ...

VIDEO
FULL FINAL: ONO Shohei (JPN) v EBINUMA Masashi (JPN)

26. Nov. 2018 / Watch below the thrilling -73kg final between Japanese greats ONO Shohei (blue judogi) and EBINUMA Masashi ...

Cuba, The Netherlands and Japan earn gold on the last day in Osaka
Osaka Grand Slam 2018 - Day 3 Results

25. Nov. 2018 / Cuba, The Netherlands and Japan earn gold on the last day in Osaka

PLUS: Technical Analysis by HOSOKAWA Shinji
Box Office ONO shows his class on and off the mat

25. Nov. 2018 / Rio 2016 Olympic champion ONO Shohei (JPN), who is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound judoka ...

Canada break through Japanese resistance as hosts win four out of five
Osaka Grand Slam 2018 - Day 2 Results

24. Nov. 2018 / Osaka Grand Slam 2018 - Japan, Day 2..

PLUS: Technical Analysis by Esther STAM
Mixed fortunes for ABE siblings

23. Nov. 2018 / World champion siblings ABE Uta and ABE Hifumi (both of Japan) took gold and silver on day one of the ...

Clean sweep for hosts Japan who go four for four
Osaka Grand Slam 2018 - Day 1 Results

23. Nov. 2018 / Clean sweep for hosts Japan who go four for four in Osaka

VISA Procedure for the Tel Aviv Grand Prix

23. Nov. 2018 / The Tel Aviv Grand Prix will take place in Israel from January 24-26, 2019. The Israeli Judo Federation ...

INTERVIEW EXPRESS
Shishime Ai (JPN)

08. Jun. 2018 / The next reigning world champion to be invited to answer the questions of the interview express was Shishime ...

5 Key Takeaways from judo’s first Tokyo 2020 qualifier

06. Jun. 2018 / Highlights from Hohhot Grand Prix 2018..

VIDEO
Judo for the World in Iran

07. Jun. 2018 / In April 2018, the International Judo Federation and the Iranian Judo Federation, with the support of ...

Meeting
JUDO: A Beneficial Cause

07. Jun. 2018 / 'Society should believe in sport as a beneficial cause and aim. The daily program of children should integrate ...