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Hey, we had a great time at the North Bay Developmental Shiai! Thanks to everyone for coming out! The next events are scheduled for the weekend of September 17-18. Saturday there is a clinic in Vallejo, and Sunday the 18th is the East Bay Judo Invitational Tournament. Click here to see the calendar and get all the details.
Sit yourself down and watch this thrilling gold medal match in the women’s -78kg division from London 2012. Kayla Harrison wins America’s very first Olympic gold medal.
First score sequence starts at 2:35 of the video, with a nice hip toss for yuko by Kayla. Gibbons has her left foot forward, Kayla has her right foot forward. Kayla starts with the right lapel grip, gets her left in for double lapels, then shifts her right arm under Gibbon’s left arm and across her back, steps in for the koshi-waza.
In another yuko-scoring sequence starting at 7:45, I was amused to see that even in the Olympic final Kayla utilizes the “look at the ref after the throw to confirm a score.” It works!
It’s not until the final 25 seconds that Kayla really gets into stalling mode, forcing Gibbons to come after her. Up until that point she is much more aggressive than the Brit, with constant attacks trying to finish the match.
Not gonna lie, I teared up a little watching this match. So much emotion! Very few people get to the very top of the mountain in the judo world, and here she is. Enjoy.
This was a great little tournament held at Alameda high school on May 22nd, 2016. It’s run by Small Circle Jujitsu, the school that the late great Wally Jay founded. Wally Jay was one of Dr. Feng’s judo and jujitsu teachers. The referees all wore Hawaiian shirts, and the tournament started with a young lady in a grass skirt blowing a conch in four directions. Pretty neat!
Representing Oakland Judo were Isaac Okajima, John Elison, and Jason Pollock. Three entries, and three medals – two silver and a bronze. Great work! Competition is a great way to sharpen your skills in a hurry.
Big thanks to all the friends and family that came out to support – your presence makes a big difference!
I encourage everyone to subscribe to the Oakland Judo YouTube channel to catch up on tournament matches.
Four of us competed this past weekend at the California State Judo Championships, and we came home with three gold medals, two in the novice division and one in the Master’s division. More importantly we had a great time and tested ourselves outside the dojo. Videos are coming soon, but in the meantime here are some nice pictures.
Competition isn’t the only purpose of judo. You can have a good judo experience without entering tournaments. But you are encouraged to give it a try. Also, it will be difficult to become a black belt without ever competing. Even if you don’t have a taste for it, how will you help prepare others for tournaments if you yourself never compete?
Dr. Feng told me once (probably more than once) to always say yes to a challenge. If you face a challenging situation, always accept the challenge. What could happen? You could win, which is a great feeling and helps build confidence for future challenges. Or you could lose, which means you learned a lot, and fast. You exposed yourself and learned where your weaknesses are. The next time, you’ll be better. Win or lose, it’s an incredibly valuable experience.
The next tournament is Sunday, May 22nd in Alameda, followed by Sunday, June 12th in Santa Clara. 💪😎😀🙋
The California State Judo Championships will be held in San Francisco this year. This is right in our backyard so everyone is strongly encouraged to attend and either watch, volunteer, or compete.
Mark your calendars!
The 2016 San Jose Sensei Memorial Judo Tournament was held on Sunday, February 14th at the San Jose State University Event Center. Here are some of the highlights. Watch for the huge ura-nage (judo’s suplex)!
And here are my two matches 🙂