Archive for October, 2008

Upcoming tournaments — who's going?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Anybody know who's going to the upcoming Cranford, Tech Judo, and/or Northeastern tournaments on Oct 26, Nov 2, and Dec 7 respectively? Please shoot me an email if you do. Depending on Oishi turnout, I may come to shoot video.

You can get application forms here.

Hudson Promotionals, October 2008

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Kevin McGrath threw for ippon twice with hiza-guruma. The ref was blocking my view of the first one, but upon reviewing the video I'm pretty sure it was hiza-guruma.

John Harris made batsugun with four ippons: two throws, an osae-komi, and an armbar.

Rich Fabella, who was there to spectate, pointed out something I hadn't noticed: the refs were allowing plenty of time for newaza before calling matte. If this is a new trend, I approve. (By the way, thanks to Rich for the ride home.)

When the tournament was over I got some much-needed exercise myself by helping pick up and stack the mats.

Here are Kevin's two throws for ippon:

Here are John's matches. You can hear Alison rooting for him from the sidelines:

Jason promoted to sankyu

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Congratulations to Jason Mitchell, who got promoted to sankyu last night. I haven't had a chance to practice much with Jason lately, but the last time we did uchikomi, I noticed a huge difference in how smoothly he was moving. Of course he's always clobbered me, but the way he clobbers me is much different these days.

Here he is being congratulated by Masa: