In some cases, it was great. Incidental sword contact was ignored, etc. In other cases, it was downright awful. During one of my dussack fights, my opponent and I were literally laughing our asses off as we were fighting because the judges were getting EVERY call wrong. What I walked away with from all this was that if you dominate your opponent completely, you don't have to worry about judges. But if the fight is close, the judges determine the winner much more often than the fighters. It should not be so.
I think the judges just got tired towards the end of every tournament. It's a lot to ask of someone, to stand for three hours and watch the same stuff over and over again. I couldn't do it.
Aside from rotating judges, the key might be more experience. I was watching Axel judge, and that guy was spot on almost all the time.
Lee S wrote:Mr Analson - Mike its always fun having you around. You made me laugh more than anyone, and you are always a source great conversation. We still need to fence with longswords, and I owe you my 'A' game.
I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to @#$#@ amuse you?
(Mike Analson, eh? Touche, Matt Galas, touche. It's almost a shame we called a truce.)