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Fwd: Maybe I should post something here after all....

Wow, I was looking at my blog and realized that I haven't posted
anything since May! that's a real long time. Let me start by saying
this - I haven't quit Judo. I still go to class and help teach the
kids class on Sundays. Truthfully, I've only been going an average of
once a week for the past six months or so, primarily because I've
started a new job, and my schedule often finds me working too late to
get to class. I've also gained a lot of weight as well, and if that
wasn't complicated enough, we were all trying to get used to the new
baby - who is shortly turning 14 months.

Because of my lack of practice, I haven't felt up to competing either.
Some of you might think that I should just go compete, but I view it
this way - I only compete when I feel that I am prepared to win, and
in my current shape, I am not prepared to win.

All that aside, I have been enjoying Judo in different ways. I really
enjoy helping out in the kids class, especially being able to teach
Judo to my son. My second son usually comes for the ride, and will
participate in warm-ups and the occasional round of Sumo-Style circle
fighting. Unfortunately, at 4 and a half, he is not quite ready for
Judo yet.

I have also expressed interest in refereeing, so my Sensei has allowed
me to referee the kids practice matches, and I will hopefully ref a
few rounds in our upcoming club competition next week. I enjoyed the
reffing session, and people thought most of my calls were good (except
for a Koka that I missed and sensei picked up on), but it was hard
reffing my own son's match - he was expecting my coaching and
guidance, which I just couldn't give him being the referee.


That's it for now, but I hope to post a lot more frequently in the future.

Comments

Noah said…
Good to hear you are still going to Judo. I have found that teaching can be just as rewarding as learning--and often just as educational for you! Have fun teaching and reffing, and I hope that your life gets settled to where you can get back into the dojo on a regular basis.
Jason said…
Hey buddy!!! ...it's good to see you posting again. I was beginning to wonder if you had quit. Due to work constraints and a horribly sprained wrist, I've been out since the beginning of June. I started back the day before Thanksgiving though.

In regards to the kid's class, is there also an adult class on those nights? I'm just curious since you never know when a guy may drop in to say hi (April 19th). :P

Let me know. Take care and Happy Hanukkah!

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