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For Maria Cheng's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Taekwondo fighters devise new ways to score

Aug 20, 2016

Taekwondo fighters devise new ways to score

Taekwondo may be best known for its flashy and acrobatic kicks, but the electronic scoring system used at the Olympics apparently doesn’t care whether or not fighters use the correct technique. That’s resulting in a lot of bizarre kicks that no true practitioner of ...

'Gentle' judo gets rough at Rio Olympics

Aug 14, 2016

'Gentle' judo gets rough at Rio Olympics

Judo translates as “the gentle way.” But at the Rio Olympics, many of the Japanese martial art’s matches have ended brutally, with judo players strangling others into unconsciousness or threatening to break their opponents’ arms before forcing them to surrender. When American Kayla Harrison ...