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Do judo me?

Well tonight was another outstanding judo class. Judo what? OK let me explain.

I have been in the martial art of Kodokan Judo for over 15 years now. I’ve been assisting with our kids class at Pottstown Judo since 1999 and the rank of Sankyu (3rd Level Brown Belt, judos student ranks go backwards 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)… I received my Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in 2007.

Judo (translated “Gentle Way”) though not really “Gentle” at all… Is the modern form of Japanese Ju-jitsu (Not that Brazilian stuff). Japanese Ju-Jitsu, is one of the oldest forms practiced by the Samurai. To this day JUDO is one of the most practiced martial arts on the global scale; and is second only to soccer as a world sport. Judo is both an Olympic AND Paralympic (for the blind) sport…

Judo Promotional Video by the Kyoto Judo Team, Japan.


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  • Still here…

    Well sorry, I didn’t go any where. I’ve just been really busy. Getting wrestling schedules down for this season and deciding what events to shoot.

    This past week, I took pictures at the Pottsgrove Wrestling Club Takedown and Holiday Tournament. A 2-day event for youth wrestlers held by one of our local clubs. 400 wrestlers showed up on day two; so it was WAY packed! I took well over 2500 photos (unedited raw count) in 2-days. Now I just hope I can get some sales!



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    Happy New Year!

    Well a new year has started, and I hope to continue to post on the blog. I’ve made some great friends already from this blog, and received some nice comments and e-mails; and that’s the key for any blog I guess. You want to make sure some one, any one, is reading what you have to say. I would like to thank all my friends for commenting and your continued encouragement to post.

    We’d like to remind you to visit our friends too…
    Cole and Skilled Companion Dog Ilia
    Jeremy and his blog Not, Not Blind
    ‘L-Squared’ and Leader Dog Willow blog, A Dogs Eye View
    Author, Stephen Kuusisto of the book and blog Plaint of the Blind
    Matt Marcinek, a good friend, and fellow disabled judo player
    Heidi Moore, USA Elite Judo Athlete / Coach (She’ll kick your ass!)
    Kyle Lograsso, junior golfer (He’s only 7!) Kyle survived eye cancer, loosing one eye, and partiality sighted in the other… One AMAZING KID! Founder of Though Kyle’s Eyes Fund. (Say a prayer for Jeff, Kyle’s dad, he’s in Iraq right now with the USMC fighting for us…)

    We’d also like to mention our continued support of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), providers of highly trained service dogs for children and adults (Like our friends Cole and Ilia); and Ronald McDonald House Charities, providing a place to stay while children undergo medical treatments… Need a reason to support CCI or RMH? Just visit Cole’s web site!

    And well, I guess I should give another plug for Cole because he thought they’re SO COOL; Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, (1-877-FLY-KIDS) a not-for-profit organization, that offers motivational, inspirational and life-changing experiences to physically challenged children and youth through aviation; and yea, I think they are way cool too!

    Michelle (Cole’s mom) would be grateful if I also mention, Miracle Flights for Kids too. They are the nation’s leading nonprofit charitable flight organization. Since 1985, Miracle Flights has fulfilled its mission of helping families overcome financial obstacles by flying their seriously ill children to receive proper medical care and to get second opinions (they work for adults too!).

    Skilled Companion Ilia, and Leader Dog Willow also remind me, please support your local ASPCA! Because our 4-legs friends need help too!

    If I missed any one, I’m sorry, and please check the blog roll, and other links on the sidebar!

    Have a happy and safe 2009!

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