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The White Gi - Judo's Tuxedo

Although I own 4 Judogi (3 of which still fit), and have no plans to buy anymore at the moment, I still like to surf some Judo Gi websites now and then to see what they're offering up, and if they have any sales or specials. Last night, on Hatashita's web site I came across this gi (to the right) - in Black and Yellow. This seems to be another step in the direction of the commercialization of JudoGi. For decades the Judo Gi was just plain and simple - a white cotton jacket coupled with a pair of white cotton drawstring pants and a belt representing your rank. Yes there were different qualities of Gis, different manufacturers, but at the end of the day, eveyone looked the same. No ostensible logos, no flashy shoulder patches, and no one really cared. This is a far cry from today where Judo Gi Manufacturers take a page out of the fashion design books and have embroidered sleeve logos and use differentiating insignia to identify different models. Shoulder patches and insignia,…

The Hazards of Judo on Your Lunch Break

Wow - It's been about 8 weeks since my last post and about 7 since my last Judo class. After a busy stretch at home and at work, I finally managed to get a class in today. Of course, being a little rusty I got knocked around a little more than usual. When I came back to work, the security guard at my office asked me if I had allergies. "Why?" I asked him, "because you're breaking out in hives, " he said, " go look in the mirror". A quick trip to the bathroom revealed that I had accquired some matburn just above my eye. So are the hazards of doing Judo on your lunch break. Thankfully, I had no big meetings planned for today.