Welcome to The Road to Shodan - Yonah Wolf's Judo Blog, a journal of his progress towards obtaining his first-degree black belt (Shodan) in Kodokan Judo.
Yonah shares his insights, tips, tricks, and thoughts as he progresses in the art of Judo and fights his way towards his Black Belt (Shodan).
My younger brother managed to get me a video camera to play with. This camera was designed to be used my mountain bikers or skateboarders as kind of an X-games style helmet cam. I decided to try using it attached to my belt in Uchikomi. The results of my first effort were not good. However, I would love to get some feedback from people on the net as I experiment with it some more.
Sorry for not posting - it has been a busy couple of weeks. In lieu of a real post, I thought I'd post some tidbits:
I had a great Randori Session the other week. A visiting black belt and I were going at it and I saw my opportunity for Kata Guruma. He tried to get out of it and accidentally kneed me in the head. I came so close, I will need to try that again sometime.I found out that I have only been going to Judo, on average, once a week. This is partially in part due to holidays, work emergencies and other things, still, no more excuses. If I want to progress, I need to keep at least a 2x a week average and I need to find out how to do it.I need to lose weight. All of the October Holidays and non-workout weeks really made me pack on the pounds.My brother gave me an Extreme Cam to try out. I think I will use it to take video during Uchikomi and see how it looks. I will post when I get the chance.More posts to come, keep reading.
Say what you will about Vladmir Putin's politics, but there is one fact about him that is indisputable - he too is a Judoka. As seen on the left, from an article on the IJF's website, he recently met with Judo Legend Yamashita in Tokyo. Strange as it may seem, they talked about business and cooperation between their two countries, and Yamashita gave Putin the scroll in the picture, which reads - 'Yours and mine, may they thrive together'.
Putin was also recently made the honorary chairman of the European Judo Union. With all this Judo attention, I wonder if it is a good thing that Putin is involved in Judo. Sure he is a political leader, but not necessarily the most democratic one - by a long shot. But maybe his face can help recruit more Judoka and bring more attention to our art?
Is Putin good or bad for world judo? Please comment and tell me what you think?
I posted a link to this site on the Judo Forum and asked for some feedback. One of the many things that the kind Judoka of that site suggested was more pictures. Since I don't usually take my camera with me to class or Shiai, nor do I have people photograph me durng them, I don't have too many pictures yet. However, the photo to the left was taken just over a year ago. The man on the left is my Sensei - Shiro Oishi, his Randori partner is Mr. Kelly - a black belt in his 70's - he got his Shodan in 1951 - when my DAD was 2!!!!
Actually, in class on Monday, Sensei informed us that Mr. Kelly needed small procedure done, so we all signed a get well card for him. Feel Better Mr. Kelly, we miss you and look forward to Randori with you soon!