I started playing Judo a little over a decade ago as a Freshman at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY. I played for about almost four years and competed semi-regularly with the team. When I left Poly in 98', I had achieved my Sankyu - the lowest level of Brown Belt (at least in this area. Different areas and countries use different colors for the belts below black, but in 99% of them, at least IKKYU, the grade one before black, is brown).
Unfortunately, I gave it up for about 6 and a half years. Over that period I watch my body grow horizontally as it were, and this summer I decided that I needed to get back into shape. I tried going to the Gym, but it didn't work. I finally had an epiphany that Judo was where I wanted to be. So I went back. It has helped me with my diet (I am just a hair under 200 lbs, from 225 in june, and 220 when I started the south beach diet in august). My goal is to get down to 190. by February - and that is when I plan to compete next.
As part of that process, I thought I would share some of my Judo thoughts with the world as I work towards a hard-earned Black Belt.
- Practice Regularly and use Judo as my main form of excercise
- Acquire new skills and knowledge
- Get into it, so that when my sons (aged 2.5 and 9 months) get old enough, dear old dad will be able to play with them.
- Compete 3-5 times a year and possibly win a couple of tourneys
- oh... and maybe get a new belt when my Sensei thinks that I am ready :)