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Visit from Sensei Williams (photos)

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Dave and Anne Williams were at the Thursday night class on October 10.

Click below for the full-size photos. I like these because I'm not sure I've ever seen Dave, Andy, and Jeff on the mat at the same time.

2013-10-10 class

October 2013 Hudson Promotionals

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

The Hudson Promotionals were last Saturday.

For this tournament they adopted the new IJF rules for refereeing. There was one referee on the mat and no corner refs. They installed two cameras in the corners and there were at least two (maybe more) judges sitting in front of video screens who reviewed close calls.

Here are 1261 photos (click below):

Oct 2013 photos

The above link opens a web page that will load up with hundreds of thumbnails. I recommend giving them a while to load completely, and then you can scroll through them very smoothly. If that overwhelms your browser, try this link, which displays the same photos but is much easier on your browser.

Here's video of the action on Mat 1:

The action on Mat 2:

The action on Mat 3:

Thanks and best of luck to Dave and Anne

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Seems like only yesterday I was waxing nostalgic about Sensei Dave Williams while at the same time believing in my heart he'd be teaching Tuesdays and Thursdays forever.

The fact is, there is no "forever". Dave and Anne are moving to Florida, and tonight — in just a few minutes — Dave will be teaching his last class at Oishi. I'll be there, sorely regretting that I didn't come more when I could.

On July 11 Sensei Andy hosted a farewell party. Here's a Flickr set with some photos. If you're on Facebook, Thomi Lee posted some there as well.

Please join me in wishing Dave and Anne the very best. Maybe take a moment to "look for Marius's friends" tonight. (If you've ever been a Tuesday/Thursday regular, you'll know what that means.) And remember, "Bikini weather's coming."

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[UPDATE: Yotam posted some excellent photos as well. See the link in his comment below.]

May 2013 Hudson Promotionals

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

There's a new Flickr photo set with 486 photos from the promotionals on May 4. Click any of the thumbnails below to see the whole photo set.

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And here are videos, one for each division. Each video contains all the matches in that division, except for the masters video, which contains most of the masters matches.





Visit from Robert Siegel

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Robert with Sensei

Some of you know Robert Siegel from back in the day. Robert started judo as a kid and had already amassed a collection of trophies and medals when I met him in the late 70's, when we were both teens.

Robert and his family were in town for Thanksgiving. I had lunch with him on Wednesday and it occurred to me we could take a walk to the dojo and surprise Sensei and Barbara, whom he hadn't seen in almost 30 years. It was a great reunion, and wouldn't you know, Sensei surprised us. He rummaged in a closet for a minute and produced Robert's nidan certificate from the Kodokan, dated Jan. 13, 1992 and in perfect condition.

Robert's wife and kids came by and Sensei made everybody take an ukemi lesson. Robert practiced some throws on me, to the delight of his kids. After all these years he still had the muscle memory. It was like old times, getting smashed by that tai-otoshi.

I hope we'll have more of these visits in the years to come.

(If the above video doesn't work for you, try this direct link to the page on Vimeo.)

Photos from Scientist

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Mike "Scientist" Heller took these great photos the other night. I wish I could have been there!

Sensei demonstrating armbar on Reuben

Four Oishi promotions

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Everyone from Oishi Judo passed their promotion tests yesterday:

  • Arthur Zolotarevsky made shodan, with Will Heinrich as his uke.
  • Milton Chacon made shodan, with Jeff Summa as his uke.
  • Dan W made shodan, with Mike P as his uke.
  • Sensei Dave Williams made sandan, with Jeff as his uke.

Matt Crane was on hand as an alternate uke and Paul Virtue provided moral support.

Congratulations to all! Group photos and two video clips below.




Sunday, November 8th, 2009


Germain in town

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

It was great to see Germain as a shodan.


Sensei cracks me up

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Sensei drew these feet on the bottom of a mat for the kids to practice footwork with.


On a vaguely related note, I've added photos of Sensei's artwork to the dojo web site. See the links on the left-hand side.