The purpose of an OPEN "tournament" today is to win trophies & medals by whatever inane, foolish method possible. Show up you win
. The bigger, larger (sic. insanely) the better one supposedly "is"... correct? Any pretense of genuine technical skill has been replaced by pretty & speedy to music whenever possible.
I wonder could it be the reason we don't see fundamental technique because too many bounce from art to art like oil on a hot griddle? I have to stay in one place, learning one thing period, for a decent time to make it habit, right? Any ole punch any ole way would make sense if too few had done the basic work.
I would also wager we'd see very different responses (open tournaments) IF the attacks were chokes, arm bars, etc. allowed sweeps and throws.
We'd have to remove the children from the entire tournament process...
. "...Sure, do whatever you want..." I'm 100% certain they'll love it until they are the one actually getting hurt...