Pan Am Masters

I just registered to compete in my first international Judo tournament. The Pan Am Master’s. It’s worth noting that “masters” in judo means nothing more than “more than 30 years old.” We jokingly refer to it as either the executive or the geritol division.

This is a tournament exclusively for us old guys. However, it . . . → Read More: Pan Am Masters


Competed in the tournament yesterday, and it went really well. My division was three men, and they ran single elimination – so I got two matches.

I’m actually prouder of the match that I lost. This was the first one, against a young brown belt – a bit smaller than me. We went back and . . . → Read More: Shiai

Back on the mat

I’m competing in a small, local judo tournament this morning. It’s a monthly “shiai,” which is traditionally an opportunity for students to get real competition experience in a friendly and supportive environment.

While I’ve been working out vigorously and even doing “randori” (loosely translated as ‘free play’), I haven’t actually competed in a very . . . → Read More: Back on the mat

He always gets up

I got high praise at Judo today. A visiting judoka from our friendly neighbors to the north was working a particular throw. There was some discussion about whether said throw would work on someone taller than her – and it was suggested that she try it on me.

After a couple of tries (ow), she . . . → Read More: He always gets up


We had a member of the Russian national women’s judo team working out with my judo club this week. She was about my size – so I was a good person for her to throw a few (dozen) times.

I think it’s great that the women in the gym (and the men too) got to . . . → Read More: Judo


Weekend has been pretty good so far.

Started off with a massive technical win – which I’m still struggling to even describe without resorting to a whiteboard. I think that I did something pretty cool … so cool that I can’t even really explain it. Usually these things turn out to be simple. “So then . . . → Read More: Weekend


I’ve had a story to write for a while, but haven’t taken the time to put it down. Here it is:

Recently, my judo club hosted the Lebanese men’s Judo team for a week. Basically, we trained every night with some very high level players. I’m told that that the open randori (free-play) night that . . . → Read More: Judo

How to conduct yourself in training

I copied this off the wall of the dojo the other night. As I’ve re-read it a few times and shared it with a few people, I find it more and more valuable and accurate – in contexts not necessarily limited to the martial arts.

I particularly like the bit about “when training – . . . → Read More: How to conduct yourself in training


Productive day today. Started off by heading to Judo. It’s a special week for Phoenix Judo because we have visitors. A group of players from Lebanon are in town all week, and we’re hosting. Of particular note is Rudy Hachache, who represented Lebanon in Beijing last year.

So yeah, I rolled with an olympic . . . → Read More: Insanity


I notice that I haven’t been posting all that much lately. What can I say? February tends to emphasize to me that life is short … a short month full of short days … so I spent more time doing rather than documenting.

Caught up at home this weekend, and it’s been really nice. . . . → Read More: Hobbyist