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Masters Athlete v. the IJF

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I'm going to start out by warning you, you might not to read this. THis is going to be a political diatribe covering for my whining about getting excluded by the IJF. So, advance at your own peril. For pictures and whatnot from the recent World Master Athlete Judo Championships in Montreal, check back later. That will probably be my next...
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The World of Facebook Judo

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Yes, I have a Facebook account, and anybody who's unfortunate enough to be my Facebook friend knows I'm an avid Mafia Warrior (I'm over level 400 - serious, but not as serious as that guy, level 1200 or so who killed me the other day...). Since most of the people I know are judo related, my Facebook Judo world has grown exponentially....
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SoonerMC

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The JudoForum Community lost a member on Thursday. I don't know how. I don't know why. In this day of electronic communication, I feel so much like I'm operating in the dark, but then, without the electronic community, I would never have met SoonerMC, and my life would have been much poorer as a result. The SoonerMC tag belonged to...
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On Rusty's Impact

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Let me preface this with where and when I come from. I was born and raised in Iowa, and, in my early 40's I'm not exactly ancient, except maybe to those too young to vote. So, my history is a part, a voice in our recent history.

When I was 11, I eagerly awaited spring so I could get out of the house, into the neighborhood and play. ...
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Dude, Where Are My Pants?

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... and other costuming mishaps, or my day in CT for the Open Workout and Town Meeting

Now, first and foremost, I want to thank the people at the Norwich Dojo for putting on a wonderful event. It was nice to see USJA Board Elect members wearing, gasp, gi, and getting sweaty, and taking falls, and throwing the author around. I also enjoyed...
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Norwich CT Dojo Opening, part 1

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So, after much slothfulness on my part, I went down to Norwich, CT for the Norwich Judo Dojo Grand Opening. This is the home of Bill Montgomery and JudoLady, and they recently moved and expanded their digs. To celebrate, they got Jim Bregman and Alex, oh, hell, I can't spell his name off the top of my head and if I try, I'll embarass...
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Norwich CT Dojo Opening, part 2

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After a water break, newaza was served up, with particular attention paid to juji gatame. This of course reminded me that a certain president of the USJA disagrees with Mr. Bregman - all things don't end in uchi mata, they end in juji gatame. On variation taught by Atlanta Alex was described by Mr. Bregman by its Japanese name: Pretzel Juji...
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Norwich CT Dojo Opening, part 3

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back to the regular photos:

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Then, another water break followed by randori - newaza and standing. There were so many people there that they had to rotate in and out for safety.

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afterwards, line up, bow out, and shake hands:

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For those who need to know

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So, I had a bit of a problem a few months ago, and I was stupid about it and, well, I let my thyroid disorder get the best of me. Arguably, I'm still doing that, but to a lesser degree. Anyway, it seems I'm not as healthy as I thought I was, or something.

So, here's my personal experience with the Norwich Judo Dojo Opening, complete...
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Sam

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Finally, after all this time, Sam the cat finally allowed me to take his picture. He even posed. So, I'm including the pictures here for a collective, "Awwww!", shmaltzy as that may seem. Yes, your teeth will itch with the sweetness.

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and finally, the best and sweetest of them all:

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  • always ask permission from the elephant before plucking its hair....
  • ear buds will always get tangled no matter how neatly they're put away

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