Saturday, October 17, 2009

Judo-Judo -Judo

If you asked my wife I'm sure she would say that every thing going on in my life has something in one way or another to do with Judo . She might be right ! here's Sara and I last week end at the Rainier Cup 1st place in 12 year old light weight and heavy and 2 ed place in 15 - 16 year light weight .. not bad for a scrappy 12 year old.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Building a National Champion

This past week in San Francisco Sara one of my judo kids I have taught from the very first day she walked into our club won the USJF National Championship at 11 years old and fighting at the 11-12 48kg .. We have been training the past 5 weeks 5 days a week mostly at a club in Tacoma to get ready for the Jr. Olympics in Fl. this coming weekend. Were taking 9 kids down and all have the talent to win there divisions . So anyway we can't wait to fight!! and are hoping we get the very first match . Very few kids would ever be able to train as hard as these 9 kids have - we have burned out all there training partners , stressed there parents to the max. taken advantage of everyone we had to, asked countless people to help us out with funds , unused air mileage and time off from work but seeing a kid like Sara on the mat use everything we have taught her completely crush her opponents and at the end of the day come running! off the mat and jump on me with the biggest hug ever , well makes it all worth it..

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Judo and then some more Judo

In the last 7 days I've been to San Diego for the Sr Nationals and then took some kids down to Portland Or. for a tournament. I took 3 ed in the Master's at nationals and yesterday took 4 kids down and brought back 5 golds -Sara fought in two divisions 11-12 and 13-14 and one gold in both- not bad for a 11 year who gave up 25 lbs in the older division and also winning by ippon in every match.... One of the plus's in going down to San Diego was that my nephew and his wife and son came and picked me from the tournament and took me to the beach and out to dinner a few times. That's little Joey my grand nephew

Monday, March 30, 2009

Caribbean Vacation 2009

Here are some pictures from our vacation down in the Caribbean . We met some very cool people from all the country and even one from Canada. It was all fun -beaches-drinks- sun and lots of laughs...... good times I will always remember

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What do you get when you go to practice......

If you read my blog you would think I only have one student "Sara" the fact is that she practice's hard VERY HARD and it pays off !! this past week end was no exception she beat some girls from Hope Id. that are top notch players - not only beat them made them look like white belts. Plus I have to post something nice about here for posting the goofey picture of her --I liked it--or she going to kick my a$$$...