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#1 User is offline   Plainswalker 

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:48 PM

I posted here after I started judo over six years ago. Sad to say, I quit after six months or so as the commute was killing me (and other priorities took precedence). Years passed but judo was always at the back of my mind, but I never acted on it.

Fast forward to last year when my brother and I joined a judo practice again, and started going weekly. It's a small step, but I'm happy to report that both of us passed our yellow belt (gokyu) :D :D. I have to say, that must have been a record for time spent between rokyu and gokyu, LOL. Hopefully this time it'll stick!
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:58 PM

Haha some people take 6 year to get a black belt ;wry) Just kidding we all have our own obstacles and any achievement fought for is worth it. On to the next I say :)
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:48 AM

View PostPlainswalker, on 14 March 2012 - 03:48 PM, said:

I posted here after I started judo over six years ago. Sad to say, I quit after six months or so as the commute was killing me (and other priorities took precedence). Years passed but judo was always at the back of my mind, but I never acted on it.

Fast forward to last year when my brother and I joined a judo practice again, and started going weekly. It's a small step, but I'm happy to report that both of us passed our yellow belt (gokyu) :D :D. I have to say, that must have been a record for time spent between rokyu and gokyu, LOL. Hopefully this time it'll stick!

Welcome back.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:13 AM

View PostPlainswalker, on 15 March 2012 - 08:48 AM, said:

I posted here after I started judo over six years ago. Sad to say, I quit after six months or so as the commute was killing me (and other priorities took precedence). Years passed but judo was always at the back of my mind, but I never acted on it.

Fast forward to last year when my brother and I joined a judo practice again, and started going weekly. It's a small step, but I'm happy to report that both of us passed our yellow belt (gokyu) :D :D. I have to say, that must have been a record for time spent between rokyu and gokyu, LOL. Hopefully this time it'll stick!


That's great. I already have to travel a bit to get to my club, if it closed I'd have a real problem.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:33 PM

View PostPlainswalker, on 14 March 2012 - 10:48 PM, said:

I posted here after I started judo over six years ago. Sad to say, I quit after six months or so as the commute was killing me (and other priorities took precedence). Years passed but judo was always at the back of my mind, but I never acted on it.

Fast forward to last year when my brother and I joined a judo practice again, and started going weekly. It's a small step, but I'm happy to report that both of us passed our yellow belt (gokyu) :D :D. I have to say, that must have been a record for time spent between rokyu and gokyu, LOL. Hopefully this time it'll stick!


I started Judo when I was 7 years old but quit after a few months. I took it up again when I was 30 but quit when I got badly injured. Then I started again aged 37 and got my 6th kyu 3 months later so it took my about 30 years to pass my first grading, so 6 years is nothing :P .
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:56 PM

keep it up! at this rate you can be shodan by age 137 :glass)
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:49 PM

View Postgenetic judoka, on 15 March 2012 - 07:56 AM, said:

keep it up! at this rate you can be shodan by age 137 :glass)

Took me several years to make yellow but made shodan in 5 years or so including those years. I fear GJ's estimate is well overstated. Keep appearing at the next class and you will be a shodan soon enough.
If I am doing "win," sloppy and sissy is fine; if I am doing Judo, beautiful is my rule and goal. Judo is far more important and rewarding than "win."

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:44 PM

I started judo nearly 3 years ago, but it is only in the past 4 months since I started university that I have been able to attend regularly (once or twice a week) and now I am speeding along, I received my yellow (5th kyu) last night and I hope I can go for my 4th kyu during the summer holidays. I'll be shodan before I know it.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:57 PM

And I thought I was good at sandbagging. Congrats.
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:26 AM

Congrats to you and your brother! Way to get another judoka on the tatami.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:22 PM

First, congratulations. Second ... never worry about the time at a rank.

I was promoted to shodan in 1982 and shortly after drifted away from Judo because of work and geography, much like you. When I found my way back I found out that my promotion had never been sent to any organization or governing body. Long story short, my black belt was really just still brown. I put my briown belt back on and worked hard to gain my black belt again, after years of being away. 25 years after I drifted away, I was awarded a black belt from my national governing body and the Kodokan.

Take it as it comes and enjoy the trip.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:32 PM

View PostSpaceghost, on 16 March 2012 - 08:44 PM, said:

I started judo nearly 3 years ago, but it is only in the past 4 months since I started university that I have been able to attend regularly (once or twice a week) and now I am speeding along, I received my yellow (5th kyu) last night and I hope I can go for my 4th kyu during the summer holidays. I'll be shodan before I know it.

This is not a good attitude to have.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:42 PM

View PostUK_Noire, on 23 April 2012 - 01:32 PM, said:

This is not a good attitude to have.


Being optimistic is bad?
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:56 PM

View PostSpaceghost, on 16 March 2012 - 01:44 PM, said:

I'll be shodan before I know it.


Yes, you will be shodan before you know it

I refer to the fact that rank is a recognition from our peers, not something we give to ourselves

I greatly respect the judoka around me and I wouldn't want a rank if they didn't feel it was appropriate
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:12 PM

Obviously I don't give myself the grades do I? I earn them when my instructor thinks I am ready and when I pass each grading. Achieving shodan means going outside of my club and achieving it on a regional/national level from the BJA. If I work hard I could be 1st kyu by the end of next year, and perhaps reach shodan one year after that. That will be nearly 5 years of judo, I don't think that is too outlandish is it?
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