Thursday, January 03, 2008

Women's Judo is more than Just a sport

I came across an interesting article by way of the JudoForum. A group of women in the UAE have started their own National Judo and Sambo team. Why is this so special? Because this sort of thing is frowned upon in their country! Yet they have found a sport that they love and have decided to promote it.

I am not a women, I have 3 sons, my wife won't step on a mat, and I can count on my hand the number of women that I have practiced with, but at the same time, its articles like these that show how powerful Women's Judo is. It goes beyond exercise, fitness and competition, it goes beyond self-defense - it's about empowerment.

In in this case, because it goes against societal norms, empowerment goes even further. I wish the UAE Judo team well, and I hope that they help promote Judo in their country and abroad.

2 comments:

Dr. AnnMaria said...

Hey, Yonah -
Don't you live in New York? Me, Ronda, Kayla, Joan Love and I am sure a bunch of other women will be there for the Great American Workout April 26-27. Come by and you may need to get a third hand to count all the women you have worked out with!

Yonah said...

Ann-Maria,

I was super excited when you posted this - because I would love the opportunity to work out with You, Ronda, Joan, and some of those guys named Pedro, you had on your list. But, then I looked at the calendar, and discovered that these are the last two days of Passover - :(

I will definitely spread the word, though.