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Over the last decade, it has been drilled into my head and many other officials not to give advice to competitors on what we may have deducted for in their form. "Give your score and nothing more" is a phrase that you will commonly hear from officials when talking about whether to give critiques to competitors afterward. To be honest, I have had to develop a standard line of something like, "I thought you looked great today… That sure was a tough division you were in." The premise is that it should be the coaches or instructors' job to correct any problems or mistakes in the competitor's technique.
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Hearing my coach shout from the side of the mat, "Two hands on! Get two hands on!" during my first Judo tournament, made me suddenly realize what he meant. Aside from the obvious plea of getting my mitts onto the Judo gi of my opponent, he was telling me: Be first. Suddenly, the realization that this was what he had been trying to drill into my brain during all those months of practice came flooding forth. Ah, now I get it. I wanted to turn around and let him know that I understood what he meant, but my opponent's industrious attempts at being first, himself, made me think the better of it.

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