Reminder: Register for the Tournament

This weekend is the second East Side Tournament in Idaho.
If you are competing (and everyone should) you need to do the following:

  1. You need to register on-line by Wednesday night here..
  2. Print out and complete the entry form and waiver.
    Entry form is here
    Waiver is here.
  3. You need to include a copy of your USJF card with your entry
  4. Bring the completed entry form, waiver, and copy of your USJF card to weigh-in at the club on Thursday evening.
  5. The club will cover the first entry fee. If you are competing in additional divisions, you will need to cover the $20 for the additional division.

The tournament location is:
Timberlake Junior High School
5830 Blackwell Blvd,
Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869
You should plan on arriving no later than 8:30.
Any questions, feel free to contact me here.

2nd East Side Circuit Tournament

Saturday, January 19, 2019 is the second East Side Circuit tournament. Those of you that competed last time know the value in competition. You get the opportunity to test yourself and your judo against real opponents. Win or lose, you improve your judo and yourself.
I encourage everyone to attend and get out on the mat. All of you have the ability now is the time to put it on the line and see what you need to focus on in the dojo.

This tournament is at:
Timberlake Junior High School
5830 Blackwell Blvd, Spirit Lake
, Idaho 83869

It starts at 9:30 but everyone should come early.
All competitors should register on-line here.

The entry form ishere.

The waiver ishere.
As usual, the club will cover entry fees.

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.