Nathan Cho Paradigm

Last changed 8 January 2021 6:22 AM EDT

He/Him/His

Paradigm: Tabula Rasa, default to offense/defense

Email: nateisdabomb@gmail.com

I would like to be on the email chain

Last substantive edit on my paradigm would be like late 2018.

Experience: I debated for Neenah High School for four years and UMKC for three years. For a year I served as assistant coach at Lee A Tolbert Community Academy. I also did forensics, kudos to you if you can make a group discussion reference. I've judged a lot of middle school rounds, a good number of high school, and the occasional college tournament (including the NDT). Just about all of my competitive and judging experience is in policy / CX debate.

I will flow whatever I hear in a speech, I have no objections to spreading. That being said, if I cannot hear you, I cannot flow you. Slow down on tags/authors or key points if you want to ensure I get them.

I want to hear good substantive clash in a round - that can occur with any argument type. Analysis wins rounds. Make comparative claims.

To me, there are two clear cut strategies to win a round - go further in depth or have a wider breadth. Either of these are fine for me. To win a depth round you need to do lots of analysis. To win a breadth round you need to capitalize on your opponents concessions. Either way you should be explaining why you winning a certain argument is important to the round.

Flows interact more than most teams acknowledge. Cross applying an argument your opponent made on one flow to another is a very viable strategy.

I have no objections to any argument type, whether it be K's, performance, T, theory, etc. That being said, I'm not super familiar with a lot of wild K literature; explain your thesis and you should be fine. I generally find myself leaning towards and inclined to vote for well explained kritiks over policy teams.

Theory should have an interpretation, standards, and voters just like topicality. I enjoy a good topicality or theory debate and I think that these arguments are underutilized in debate today. However, the ways teams are deploying topicality have drifted from the time/space I debated, I find it increasingly difficult to evaluate a round decided on topicality - make it easier for me. Tell a story, don't make me piece together the abuse claim.

Tech > Truth. But truth still has a lot of value, particularly on theory flows.

I aim to be as neutral as I can be going into a round. I think judge intervention is one of the worst things a debater can experience. This informs my philosophy towards me calling for cards at the end of a round. I will not call for cards unless there is a clear disagreement over the substance/text of a piece of evidence. I highly value good evidence, but if your evidence is better it should be articulated in round. I will not do work for you after the round. On the subject of evidence quality, I will give you significantly more weight on a claim/argument if you extend the warrants in a card rather than just saying extending the author or even the tag.

In some rounds judge intervention is inevitable depending on how the debaters performed. Eliminate the risk of judge intervention by doing my work for me. Tell me exactly why I should vote for you and why that's preferable to voting for the other team. Comparative analysis and warrant explanation does wonders here.

I'm serious when I say I'm a tabs judge. If you win that I should evaluate a round a certain way I will do so.

That being said, there are a few rules of debate that I would be very uncomfortable writing off. These include: uninterrupted speech, speech times, and speech order (I don't really care so much as to who on a team is speaking, especially if the identity of the speaker is relevant to the argument). From my perspective right now, these 'rules' are inviolable and necessary for a debate round to even occur, but if you argue against these rules I will evaluate it, I'll just need some real persuasion.

Pizza is my favorite food.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you have at any time! Good luck and have fun!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol Double ColHer CZ Shark HL Neg Neg 2-1
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R5 Jesuit JB Barsto AP Aff
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R3 DCPEP AM Aubrey OM Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R1 Jesuit ML Barsto OS Neg
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 LD R5 PeaRid Roy Lee Strake Lucas Walker Aff
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 LD R5 BSAS Margaret Halvaksz Lubboc Kelton Porter Neg
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 LD R4 RouRoc Noah Kim Lamar Aryana Mosaffa Aff
The 46th Winston Churchill Classic TOC and NIETOC Qualifier HS 2021-01-06 NLD R2 BurCen Keira Wood RouRoc Saaj Gumbula Neg
Shawnee Mission East and West Debate Invitational HS 2020-11-13 Open R6 OS Aiden Samora BV Ali & Schifman Neg
Shawnee Mission East and West Debate Invitational HS 2020-11-13 Open R4 Lansing Davis & Dodd OE Udayar & Orr Neg
Shawnee Mission East and West Debate Invitational HS 2020-11-13 Open R3 WaRu Beach & Pandya SpHill Vasser & Gardner Aff
Shawnee Mission East and West Debate Invitational HS 2020-11-13 Var R1 ONW Legler & McKeever BVW Suleman & Pradhan Aff
NDT District IIIMAC Championship C 2020-02-21 MAC R6 JCCC Candie & aqui Texas McKinley & Real Neg
NDT District IIIMAC Championship C 2020-02-21 MAC R5 Texas Long & Neelamkavil JCCC Candie & aqui Aff
NDT District IIIMAC Championship C 2020-02-21 MAC R4 UTD Lasseter & Iske Texas Healey & Noriega Neg
NDT District IIIMAC Championship C 2020-02-21 MAC R1 K-State Spond & Denchfield Aff
7th Mukai College Classic C 2019-10-05 O Q Louisv BY AriSta FG Aff Aff 3-0
7th Mukai College Classic C 2019-10-05 O R8 AriSta CG WebSta/CalSta BJ Aff
7th Mukai College Classic C 2019-10-05 O R5 CalSta KC Wyomin BP Aff
7th Mukai College Classic C 2019-10-05 O R4 CalSta RH AriSta BE Aff
7th Mukai College Classic C 2019-10-05 J R1 Towson JP Wyomin GR Neg
2019 Baby Jo C 2019-09-20 Open R6 Texas Long & Stearns MOState Engelby & Hopkins Neg
2019 Baby Jo C 2019-09-20 Open R5 MOState Cade & Pieper Concordia Prost & Krueger Neg
2019 Baby Jo C 2019-09-20 Open R4 JCCC aqui & Brigdon MOState Dickerson & Kauffman Neg
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 CX R5 143 107 Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 CX R4 163 203 Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 CX R3 164 120 Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 CX R2 167 152 Aff Aff 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals HS 2019-05-25 CX R1 155 184 Aff Aff 3-0
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2018-09-21 Op R9 Iowa BR MisSta MW Aff Aff 3-0
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2018-09-21 Op R7 MisSta MW Iowa HM Aff Aff 3-0
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2018-09-21 Op R6 MisSta MW Iowa BC Aff
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2018-09-21 Op R5 Iowa BR MisSta KV Aff
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2018-09-21 Op R4 Iowa HuMc MisSta MW Neg
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2018-09-21 Op R3 Iowa BC MisSta EP Aff
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State C 2018-03-22 Open Round Wayne State HC Rutgers-Newark CW Neg Neg 2-1
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2018-03-10 JV Qtrs Kansas EM UT San Antonio AO Aff Aff 3-0
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2018-03-10 JV R6 Kansas MM Emporia State JM Neg
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2018-03-10 JV R5 Concordia EK Kansas FR Neg
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2018-03-10 JV R4 UT San Antonio AO Johnson County Community CE Aff
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2018-03-10 JV R3 UT San Antonio GH Kansas EM Neg
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2018-03-10 JV R2 Johnson County Community FS Kansas BT Neg
NJDDT at Johnson County Community College C 2018-03-10 JV R1 Concordia IA Kansas HO Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R7 Stuyvesant CH Whitney Young MT Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R6 Edina DA SF Roosevelt ML Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R3 Highland Park Senior KS Oregon Episcopal LS Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2017-12-15 CX R1 Glenbrook South KA Whitney Young GP Neg
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2017-09-22 Op Qrt Iowa NO Minnes FW Aff Aff 2-1
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2017-09-22 Op rd 6 MisSta DE Iowa CK Neg
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2017-09-22 Op rd 3 Minnes JK Concor KS Aff
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2017-09-22 Op rd 2 MisSta HM EmpSta MW Aff
Ulrich Invitational at UNI C 2017-09-22 Op rd 1 EmpSta JW MisSta SW Neg
2017 WSDT HS 2017-01-21 LD Octo Whitefish Bay AP Appleton East MM Aff Aff 3-0
2017 WSDT HS 2017-01-21 LD R6 Marquette Univ DM Whitefish Bay BW Aff
2017 WSDT HS 2017-01-21 LD R5 Appleton West EC Whitefish Bay CR Neg
2017 WSDT HS 2017-01-21 LD R3 Whitefish Bay AP Marquette Univ SL Aff
2017 WSDT HS 2017-01-21 LD R3 Whitefish Bay SS Appleton East JV Neg
UMKC Summer Debate Institute 2016-07-20 OPEN R7 Garcia/Scott Curry & Decker Garcia/Scott Josko & Christensen Aff Aff 3-0
UMKC Summer Debate Institute 2016-07-20 OPEN R6 Garcia/Scott Rhea & Hill Collier/Stanley Arriaga & Rawjani Aff
UMKC Summer Debate Institute 2016-07-20 OPEN R5 Brennan/Munday Brotherton & Crable Brennan/Munday Hennessey & Hefner Neg
UMKC Summer Debate Institute 2016-07-20 OPEN R4 Brennan/Munday Brotherton & Crable Brennan/Munday Hessman & Childs Aff
UMKC Summer Debate Institute 2016-07-20 OPEN R3 Collier/Stanley Price & Lee Chase/Fisher Chan & Romo Aff
UMKC Summer Debate Institute 2016-07-20 OPEN R2 Chase/Fisher Hooper & Flores Collier/Stanley Wong & Nam Neg
UMKC Summer Debate Institute 2016-07-20 OPEN R1 Chase/Fisher Kircher & DeBose Brennan/Munday Luce & Munsell Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament HS 2016-01-23 VSS Quarte Mukwonago JM Rufus King GR Neg Neg 2-1
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament HS 2016-01-23 VSS Octos Appleton North BZ Rufus King PS Neg Neg 3-0
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament HS 2016-01-23 VSS R5 Mukwonago JM Waukesha South FF Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament HS 2016-01-23 VSS R4 Mukwonago BZ Waukesha South TA Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament HS 2016-01-23 VSS R1 Waukesha South DK Mukwonago AD Neg