Thursday, March 27, 2014
This summer the Dojo will be running two fundraisers. Yes, I know, not another fundraiser. I realize everyone has their finances stretched to the four corners of the globe, so we appreciate your consideration and any amount you can afford.
The first is the Colfax marathon: Judo and Aikido have teamed up to create a team of 5 relay runners to run the 26 miles route. We will be raising money for temple renovations to include the gym where we practice. 10% of the money raised will go to the Children's Hospital as a charity donation. Our 5 team members are:
Emily Abo (teen) - 4 mile leg
Ryan Abo (teen) - 6 mile leg
William Hwang (adult) - 6 mile leg
Thom Sakata ( adult) - 6 mile leg
Kai Sakata (10 yr old) - 4 mile leg
Each team member has a goal of raising $200 and could use your help, if you are so inclined to do so. Use this link to donate to the team member of your choice.
Secondly: We are soliciting for grants and private donations to purchase new mats. We are close to our goal and the senseis will be pooling our money with a challenge to Judo parents and students to match our funds. Stay tuned for details later this late spring / early summer.
Thank you for all your support - you make the Dojo; and as always I am open to your questions, comments, concerns and suggestions.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Interesting comment on this video:
[The following is based on a source which I cannot reveal, so please take this with a grain of salt. Consider it opinion.]
These rules are not great, but there is a reason: the Olympics. As many of you know, wrestling was almost removed from the Olympics. The Olympic Committee threatened to do the same to judo, because it looked so similar to wrestling -- just with jackets. These changes were the response. They were designed to create more throwing, less grip fighting, and fewer leg-grabbing techniques, and to distinguish judo from wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman).
I don't like how this restricts judoka, but I understand why they did it. The good news is that if you are an aggressive player, with a good ability to create kuzushi, you can still be highly successful.
In addition, the new rules make it easier to win via partial score on throw when combined with osaekomi as osaekomi times have been shortened.