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The Catch-all Post for April

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 help.

Earlier this week, my middle one expressed some interest in Judo too. Maybe I will have a lot more to write about in the coming months.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Keep posting, you still have readers left.
Unknown said…
And here I was thinking I'd have to take your link down since you weren't blogging anymore! But, you are not the only one still blogging...I recently started my judo blog back up again since I've switched classes in the club due to my work schedule
s(b.) said…
Yay! So happy to have found this blog. I help the local kids as I learn. I love it.
s(b.) said…
Just found this blog via knish. Way cool. I help coach at the local PAL (got my yellow belt last spring). Tons to learn, still. :)

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