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Trying to get back into the saddle

Wow - after a month of Jewish Holidays, and schedule changes with me now driving carpool at least once a week. I have finally gone back to Judo. Before yesterday, I had played about 2-3 times in 8 weeks! (and one of those was a tourney). I am still sore from not working out and still about 7 lbs heavier (all that holiday food).

Practice was good, I am taking to heart some of the things that my Senseis mentioned to me at the shiai, and working on my strengths. I also noticed two other things:

  1. The lower belts got better while I was away.
  2. I need to play to my strengths as well as work on new tricks, because I am becoming predictable.



I also need to adjust my schedule. I don't think that I can swing two daytime practices anymore, which means I will need to convince my wife that to let me workout at night once every three weeks or so.

If I can still workout twice during the day once in 3 weeks, I will get 5 practices in in every 3 weeks.

I hope that I can pull this off.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I'm new to your blog and was wondering how long your journey to Shodan has taken. Have you been with the same club over the years?
Yonah said…
Anonymous,

I started Judo back in 1994 as a Freshman in college. I practiced and played on my school's Judo team for 3.5 years and when I left school, I had attained my Sankyu - the same belt I currently had today. In July of last year, I was disgusted with my weight and decided to do something about it. I went on a diet and returned to Judo - the best exercise that I ever had.

I have been with my current club for about 1.5 years now. Unless I become much more successful in winning at tournaments that count towards promotional points, I will probably need between another 3 or 4 years to achieve my black belt if I continue to practice 2 days a week.

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