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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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