Holiday Party

This Saturday (12/8) is the 12th annual judo holiday party for Spokane Judo. We want everyone to come. If you haven’t been at practice in a while, take this chance to get back in touch. Bring something you want to share with (or unload on (think fruit cake)) other people, just remember we are going to all be on the mat together again.
Info is here.

First East Side Circuit Tournament

Joseki Dojo and Lakland Judo are organizing a series of tournaments for Eastern Washington/Idaho. The first of these is on December 9.
Tournaments don’t get more local or convenient. I can’t stress the importance of competition enough. We practice with each other and learn what our club members do. This is a chance to try out what you have been learning with new people that don’t know you or your bad habits.

Competition makes your judo better faster. Everyone should enter.
The entry form with additional info is here.
The waiver is here.
The club will cover entry fees.

Practicing to win is an error

Judo Info site is an excellent resource for information about all aspects of judo.

Judo Training Methods by Kazuzo Kudo has some good advice on important elements of judo practice. Sensei Anna Marie found this article and asked me to post it.
Specifically, she highlighted:

“Practice for practice sake is the basic element of progress. To repeat, practice for its own sake is the key to progress. Rather than thinking of throwing
or downing your opponent, think that he is actually being good enough to become the model on which you can both polish up the techniques you are good in
and learn many new techniques. Pay no attention if your opponent throws you or turns your own attack against you. Practice with the single idea of learning
the body movements and the techniques themselves. In practice sessions use as many right techniques, left techniques, and counter attacks as you can. Naturally,
with all this activity one of these practice bouts can only last two or three minutes. That is all right, but remember, work out, rest a moment, work out
again, rest again, and keep this process going throughout the entire practice session.”

The rest of the article is definitely worth reading too. I think all the advice he gives is good to keep in mind. We need to stop focusing on winning/beating our partner and instead improving our own technique.

The 5th Annual Pacific Northwest Kata Championships

When: Sunday Dec. 2, 2018 10am to noon
Where: Seattle Dojo, 1510 S. Washington, Seattle, wa
Info: There will be advanced and novice division in Nage No Kata, Katame No Kata, and Ju No Kata. 
Anyone interested in kata training, instruction, competition, and evaluation is welcome.
Entry information here.

Judo Counters & Combinations

On Thursday, I was going on about the need to make all our attacks a sequence of throws. A setup attack, a main attack, a follow up attack and so on. During competition is the wrong time to improvise a series of attacks, you need to practice the series then in rendori you will do the series. As a starting point for some sequences of setup/attack/followups , take a look at: list of combinations.

The Long Awaited Arrival of Spokane Judo Stickers and Clothing

Update: last weekend to order

Just a reminder that the store will be closing soon. Don’t forget to order. Remember you always need extras!

Original Post

John has worked hard on getting us Spokane Judo clothing and stickers and it is finally ready.
Everyone who has ever wanted to advertise their connection to Spokane Judo now has the chance.
Just go to: the store between now and Nov. 14 and place an order. Your orders will be delivered in early December, just in time for the holidays. So go to the store and order for yourself, your friends, your family, upcoming Christmas parties for people you don’t know…
Just order early and often.
Make sure everyone you know can see your connection to the great sport of judo.
And again, thanks to John for making this happen.

Introductory Judo Referee and Table Help Seminar

This event will be held at our dojo, but it is hosted by Lakeland Judo & Joseki Dojo
When: Sunday November 18, 2018
Time: 8am – 3:30pm
Location: Spokane Judo Club
304 E. 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
Clinicians:

  • Patrick Lo – IJF B (Continental) Referee
  • Leslie Mizuki Continental Coach

At this referee and table help workshop, we will lay the groundwork to get started as a local referee in the Northwest and assist
volunteers in understanding the rules, calls, paperwork and table procedures of a local tournament. Simultaneously, table
volunteers will attend an instructional classroom session reviewing bracketing, referee points and hand calls, and computer scoring.
Both table volunteers and beginning referees will meet together in the afternoon session to simulate a tournament setting with
refereeing, scoring, and bracketing.