All of us in judo have encountered people who have touched our lives. How many of those people have we truly acknowledged? How many judoka have pioneered for us to be able to enjoy what we have today?
Judoka, how many of us have had the opportunity to thank those who have taught us and told them what they did for us. I have had two very special experiences over the last six months. I received a call from Mr. Hiro Fujimoto who wanted to donate his files to the USJF archives. We met and he gave me the files. Over lunch we discussed Judo and what it meant to us. I shared my deep appreciation with him for the many times he stopped by my original dojo and shared his techniques with us. He did not realize until I told him the impact it had on me. His contribution to my personal development was very special.
The other experience I had was attending a special recognition dinner for Rusty Kanokogi. I had the opportunity, first hand to hear all these Rusty stories and learn about the impact she had on so many lives including helping people get on the straight and narrow path, helping people grow personally and many other stories. I was impressed with all a sensei could do.
I want to dedicate the presidential column to acknowledge some of those who have touched my life through judo and Judo. The judo and Judo is not a typo – judo is the practical aspect of our sport – the throws, pins, combative strategies and tactics. Judo, with a capital J is the philosophical aspect of our sport – it talks to the three axioms of judo: Perfection of our self as a human being, mutual welfare and benefit, and minimum effort with maximum efficiency. Read more...
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