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John

John (not his real name) is a guy in my dojo who I often find myself going up against. I love playing and practicing with him for two reasons - he's a good technician with a wicked sense of humor and at my height with a good (more than one weight class) weight advantage over me, he poses an excellent challenge to me.

Today he powered through a Tai Otoshi against me. That was an excellent throw and I just couldn't defend against it. Although I didn't really throw him today, I still saw that some of my combinations were working and need some polishing up.

My rationale is if I can be successful against him in Randori and Ne-Waza, It will be much easier against people in my own weight class.


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