Judo stunt workout

Friday it was pouring rain in Los Angeles. Not many kids came to practice and I can't blame them. Some of our kids ride their bikes or skateboard to get to practice and we got several inches of rain ....more

Manny Gamburyan Gives Private Clinic for Gompers Judo

I've seen Manny Gamburyan coach kids many times and I know what a rapport he has with kids like our Gompers Judo team - that is, they are attentive, respectful and interested in learning judo. When I heard he was available for private lessons and clinics, I contacted him the same day. I often hear judo coaches complain about the difficulty of retaining teenagers in the sport but I don't always see them making an effort to understand what might be of interest to that age group ....more

Choking Makes Me Happy

I'm not sure why this choking drill made me so happy on Friday, but it did. Maybe it is because it reminded me of when I taught it to my daughter, Ronda, when she as that age.Maybe it reminded me of all of the times my friend, Tina Thomas, and I ran through it at Venice Dojo just for the hell of it...more

Government Bureaucrats are Braver Than Me

I've worked with federal employees for most of the past thirty years. I have found most of them to be conscientious, competent and sincere in their belief that they are working for the good of their country. This stereotype of people raking in huge salaries doing very little work has never fit with my experience.So, I'm not a big hater on government bureaucrats, but still, "brave" was one of the last adjectives I'd use to describe them.Most people I've seen who spend a career in big government, big business, big universities or any other "big" go along to get along ....more

Why Women Put Up with Dirt Bags

I've seen it, you've seen it, we've all seen it. You have a friend or family member who is with a guy that is so much of complete waste of oxygen that you keep asking, Why in the hell does she put up with that guy? As I was taking a shower this morning (source of many of my greatest insights) ,...more

Yes, if you voted for Trump, I DO think less of you

I posted this on Facebook in response to a blog post someone shared where the guy said yes, he was appalled by Trump mocking people with disabilities, insulting prisoners of war, insulting parents of a soldier killed in the line of duty, insulting a civil rights hero, assaulting women - but that people who voted against Trump didn't understand how hard it was to make it in this economy. Since it was kind of long, I thought I may as well re-post it here. I resent greatly the implication that the people who are appalled by Trump either area) on the public dole or...more

People are weird

I know this is a post from Captain Obvious, shown here wearing her obvious hat ... ... but people are weird.I get some of the seriously weirdest comments. For example, take this one that I have heard more than once, "You think just because you won a world judo championships, that means you know about judo." Why, yes, in fact, I do ....more

I have this to say about my daughter, Ronda

Like every mother and daughter on the face of the earth, Ronda and I don't always see eye to eye. However, there is one situation where I am pretty certain.All of those who have criticized Ronda for taking a loss so to heart, for not just 'shrugging it off' don't understand that what made Ronda so successful is that she cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don't believe the average person can wrap his/her head around.Caring deeply about something and working your hardest to achieve it doesn't mean you make the right decisions 100% of the time. Wouldn't it be a nicer world if it did?Those of you who want to criticize Ronda, I just want to point out a few things ....more

December 30 Tweetup & other life events

It's a crazy busy time of year. Ten days ago, we released our first game on Steam. That same week gamers extraordinaire Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler streamed Fish Lake on Twitch in a competition to see who could win $500 donated to their charity ....more

Jessamyn and Shayna Twitch for Charity

What's a twitch and why are Jessamyn and Shayna doing it? For the uninitiated among you, twitch.tv is where you can watch your favorite gamers play your favorite games. A friend commented to me that was pretty lame but this is someone who watches fishing shows and golf so, yeah, just quiet down over there....more
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