But that's just it. These stories always seem to be a friend of a friend and there's no way to tell just how serious the altercations were. I rarely see these skills on CCTV so I'd say there's a mixture here of exaggeration of things that did happen, Judoka not using their skill set under pressure but resorting to shoving and haymakers (just like good people from other arts), and Judoka being too sensible to participate in these rare events in the first place. Not necessarily. Both are instances of using force and a throw is no more gentle than a strike. In many ways a hit to the head can be safer than hitting your head on the pavement. Generally speaking hitting the deck with your head is dangerous.