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

What I Learned at the Women's Judo Camp

In Denver airport on my way home from the women's judo camp. It was GREAT!...more

Be an anti-hoarder

Just arrived in Denver for the Women's Judo Camp that started tonight. You can still come in for a day or two if you are in the area. However, I happened to find this post on my iPad I had never uploaded ....more

The Most Useful Life Lessons I Learned

There were many reasons I admired my grandmother. She was born on a little island in the Caribbean in 1900 and died at 99, having lived in three countries, through two world wars and the invention of everything from the airplane to blow dryers to the internet. What I always aspired to most was her level of unflappability....more

What are you people thinking? It's inconceivable

This is the meaning of the word inconceivable (no matter how much you were steered wrong by the use of it in the Princess Bride) … when you cannot even begin to imagine something....more