The Judo classes that I attend are during the daytime (12-1:30, M/W/F) and as a result, we get a nice mixed crowd, primarily consisting of adults on their lunch breaks. Usually were between 8-12 people, and most of us are in the 30's and 40's with the ocassional college student or twentysomething person showing up. There are also a handful of guys who are in their 60's - two black belts and two green belts. Obviously the blackbelts have a lot of experience and skill, but you'd be surprised how hard of a time we all have with the green belts in Randori. I often comment to them how I wish I could have half their strength at 64, and I'd be okay. I guess having gone back to Judo was the first step in that direction.
So I haven't posted anything in six weeks, and yet I still hope I have some loyal readers left. April has proven to be a busy month for me - I am about to switch jobs, and I took a two-week vacation as well. April was also a great month in Judo for me, as my Son passed his Yellow belt test. He also executed a picture perfect ippon seoinage in a 'Mock Shiai'. My wife, who seldom comes to practice, was very impressed. Although he'll be playing some baseball over the next few weeks, he will be coming back to Judo soon, and is excited about working towards his orange belt. The other day, we were at a family get-together, and one of his cousins was bullying him a bit, hitting him a couple of times. Mitch stepped in and was about to throw the kid with O-Uchi Gari just as my wife, the kids' mom, and I intervened. At first, I scolded him. But when I realized he was defending himself, I apologized, and told him that if that happens again, throw the kid, pin him and call for