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judokas?

judokas?

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beginner to the sport here, loving it. anyone else?

RE: judokas?

Enjoyed judo for a year in high school. Yellow belt.
Picked up karate recently, but in six years have only made it to orange belt.
As you can see I do not have a talent for these things.
Which is strange because I really admire the lessons in discipline that it teaches.

STF

RE: judokas?

handleman,
Good thing I answered before you did, then... just in time wink

STF

RE: judokas?

SparWeb: nothing wrong with just enjoying the lessons and the discipline, not everyone can be Bruce Lee.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: judokas?

I took Judo lessons for a couple of years in high school. The most valuable thing I learned was how to fall. I've put it to good use many times. The most dramatic was when a car turned left in front of my motorcycle and I T-boned it just as my hard braking lifted the rear wheel off the ground, catapulting me over the roof of the car. Only my knees hit the car (left orange paint embedded in the denim) imparting rotation. I have a vivid memory of being completely upside down looking down on the roof of the car and thinking "I've never seen one from this point of view before". I did a shoulder roll on the pavement and came up on my feet running. Not a scratch on me, didn't even tear my clothes. Last summer I was coming down a rock face and the rubber tip on my walking stick tore through. The carbide tip underneath slid on the rock and I did a headfirst plunge down about 8 feet of granite. Again I was able to tuck and roll, had some beautiful bruises but no cuts or broken bones.

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RE: judokas?

I looked into judo, but ultimately went with karate back when I was 18. I am 56 now, and have trained under several styles of karate over the last ~35 years.
I have a work colleague who is only a little younger than me, and he has a similar history with judo.
Over a beer after work one night, we decided that a fight between us might end with either karate man doing quick damage with a strike or strikes, but if judo man got past them, karate man is toast.
Either school is a great teacher of some very important lessons. Highly recommended.

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