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April 19, 2010 - Deb Gau
I got to spend some time this weekend taking pictures of the tae kwon do tournament that was held in Marshall. It's probably the fourth or fifth time I've attended a martial arts tournament since a high school classmate invited me to watch her compete several years ago. I thought then, and still think, that one of the most interesting parts of tae kwon do was how scoring was handled. After a person finishes their form or routine, they turn their back while the judges give their scores via hand signals to a tabulator. The emphasis for participants is not on beating the other people in their class, but on doing their personal best.
Sometimes I think maybe some TV athletics would benefit from that kind of philosophy. Sure, it wouldn't be realistic for sports where you have to keep score, like football, baseball, etc. But wouldn't watching things like gymnastics or figure skating be better without all the manufactured drama from listening to judges announce their scores?
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