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Yonah Wolf started practicing Judo in 1994, almost by accident. As a Freshman in college, his class schedule had one measly class on Friday, not wanting to go into school (he was a commuter) for just one class, he decided to fulfill his PE requirement by taking a Karate class. Unfortunately, the Karate class didn't have enough students and was cancelled, but the assistant AD convinced him to join the Judo team, which she was the coach of. For the next 3 years, Yonah was part of the Judo Team and club. As a senior, Yonah transitioned to being a part-time student, and left Judo.

Fast forward 7 years later, now married with 2 children, Yonah decided to return to Judo. While he had hoped to achieve his Shodan at this point, life has had a way of getting in the way. Yonah still practices Judo in the NY Metro Area and still blogs about his experiences.


About this Blog

Upon returning to Judo in 2004, Yonah want to track his own progress in Judo as well as share his experiences with whomever would listen. Being that social media, by and large, didn't exist then, Yonah started this blog - The Road To Shodan - to chronicle his experience and progress. Although the world has changed, two things haven't - Yonah's Belt Color (yet) and his passion for sharing his passion.

The Continuation...

In November of 2019, after many starts and stops and lots of hard work on the mat, Yonah received his Shodan - his first degree Black Belt in Judo. Now that Yonah reached Shodan after a long and winding road, he is on the road to Nidan - hopefully on a more direct and quicker route.


Articles Elsewhere

One of the most read and most plagiarized articles I've written about Judo is this one - Individual or Team Sports for Kids (on the Judo Information Site)

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Judo and Stress

We all have stress in our daily lives - whether it comes from pressures at work, or at home; From our Spouses/Significant Others, from our parents, and from our kids. Stress can take a toll on your body and on your mind. Thankfully for me, Judo has been a great source of stress relief.

I was feeling a bit stressed out over the last few days, and then I went to Judo last night and it made it so much better - my stress was pretty much gone. Yes, I might wind up taking out some of my frustrations on various ukes, but at the same time, I know that they are doing the same with me - so it all balances out.

As for updates, I had a good practice last night. I was getting killed in Ne-Waza and I think I need to improve my skills there, but I had a good couple of rounds in Randori, and re-discovered that I can Actually throw people with O-Soto Gari!

March has been busy

March has been busy Judo month. I realized that my last World Judo Tour round up was the Paris GS, and I haven't had a chance to write wrap-ups for the last 3 tournaments - Dusseldorf GS, Marrakech GP, and Ekaterinaberg GS. Hopefully I will get a chance to do a wrap up for this weekend's Tblisi GS. This is one of the busiest stretches on the World Tour Calendar - 5 tourneys in 7 weekends.

As for me, I've been getting limited mat time do to family and work obligations. But I am still plugging away, and working on my general fitness (It's much easier to steal 30 minutes to workout than it is two hours for a Judo class). I have also been working on progressing to my Shodan - by getting some of the non-Judo requirements out of the way. For example, I just completed a short online course on Concussion spotting for coaches.

Finally, the last few times in Randori, I felt like my timing was coming back. Maybe I'll have to compete again soon :)

Social Media and Youtube

Not sure who is following this blog these days, but I have noticed that my pages get about 50-100 hits (I hope that there are a few real people and not just bots). I have also launched an instagram account as well - you can find me here - https://instagr.am/theroadtoshodan


I have also been trying to get to watching some Judo videos on YouTube, a couple of channels that I like are:

Dojo Outfitters - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-lZUImP2-eOW6Y8GBCbhw (they have a mix of Judo and JJ videos, but I find both sets useful).

Efficient Judo - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1CsWk5MTssfFt6rb7CXKKA

There is also a great instagram account from Israel that does these excellent matrix-style breakdowns for ground work - https://www.instagram.com/timura_bjj/

All three are worth checking out, and please follow us on IG.

Thanks for reading.