Too bad you can't come to the judo legends dinner – but here's kind of my talk

(The judo legends event is sold out, but if you had a mad desire to know what was going on there, here is the outline of my talk which Hayward Nishioka ...more

No pain, no gain? Not exactly

The first time I won the national championships my motivation was to prove everybody wrong that that I couldn't do it. The last time I won the national championships, it was for practice. Even though I competed for 14 years, I can't remember a day that I wasn't really happy to be on the mat ....more

Critics, ass holes and how to tell the difference

I appreciate criticism. I really do. For example, we were recently green lit on Steam, which made me very excited....more

Quit blaming your parents!

I've been reading a good book, Rules for Aging, and one of his rules isAfter 30, quit blaming your parentsThis chapter only has one sentence. "Better make that 25".I was amused reading this chapter but not in a completely happy way. Recently, I have run into four people who really really need to take that chapter to heart ....more

Retirement in judo and life

When I was competing, I knew people who were far past their prime but still went out for the major tournaments and usually lost. These were competitors who were very good at one point but when that point passed they didn't have anything else. So they kept competing ....more

Judo tourism

There are a lot of small judo clubs in this country. I started judo at one, at the Alton YMCA. If you are at a small judo club, you may be the only instructor in your whole town ....more

This I believe: values

I was going to write about judo tourism, but something else has been on my mind for a long time, so I guess tourism is the next post.A mathematician who I know has on his blog and link that says "this I believe". His link takes you to the Nicene Creed. That's kind of cool but I thought I would give my values.There has been a lot lately that caused me to think about sports, martial arts, and values – everything from the Stanford swimmer who raped an unconscious woman to some appalling behavior at the Olympics to really good behavior everywhere from the Olympics to judo clubs in Wyoming.Just to lay it out there, here is what I value ....more

Dining with Judo Legends (and me, too)

If you miss it this time, well, you’ve missed it forever. A dinner party with a few of our U.S. Judo greats (and me, too), organized by our very own Hayward Nishioka (that guy above). If you like judo, history or just hanging out with really fascinating people, you should check this out.Speakers include: *AnnMaria Demars, America's oldest world judo champion*Hal Sharp, 9th Dan, Author and video producer*Gene Lebell, U.S. Grand Champion, Stuntman*Ernie Smith National Referee, Promotion chairperson USJA...more

Does Your Hand Hurt?

I'm having hand surgery on Tuesday and I'm pretty pissed off.(This kind of has to do with judo although it doesn't sound like it at first.) I'm not pissed off about the surgery. Oddly, I'm kind of looking forward to it because my hand has hurt so much for so long and this is supposed to fix it.What I'm pissed off about is that no one mentioned this until last week....more

Do Grandmas Need a Six-Pack?

I blame Jane Fonda.I remember when she came out with her aerobics video looking all in shape and said, "This is what 50 looks like." I remember my grandmas when I was a kid and 50 looked nothing like that. My grandmothers wore house dresses, not leotards, and the only exercise they ever got was from ironing.After flying from Los Angeles to North Dakota yesterday, I got up at 7 this morning (5 am Pacific Time), drove for an hour and a half to a meeting in New Town and after five hours of meetings, came back to the hotel, worked for another 2 hours, then I went hiking for half an hour. I came back to the hotel, worked some more and then did another 30 sit ups because I thought walking for half an hour wasn't enough exercise.All of which brought me back to the question -Do grandmas really need a six-pack?I'll be 58 years old on Monday ....more