Larry Labrador has written about his journey in Judo as he retires as the president of the Florida State Yudanshakai.
I selected Judo as my favorite sport sixty years ago because it afforded me the opportunity to exercise and learn mental and physical preparation with discipline and competition. For many years Judo has given me the opportunity to learn to be impartial in my judgements and to apply it for the right decision both in Judo matches and life situations. Also, I recommend all judokas if possible to dedicate time to additional activities to improve Judo as a sport. I have been a member of of USJF, since 1969 when I did arrive in New York City at Tremont Judo School and I registered my Shodan. My experience as a member of USJF for six decades (1970-Present) from the New York/New Jersey area to the the Miami/Florida area, has been excellent knowing judo people, from competitors, to Champions, to Senseis, to Referees with some of whom I have been lucky to make friendship of a lifetime such as Robert Fukuda, Terri Waibel, Renee Saunders and many others. Also the excellent service of the National Office has been a great experience.
I have not not retired as of yet but after 5 years in the position of President of Florida State Judo Yudanshakai, the Executive Committee decided to split the responsibilities in order to be stronger and more effective. I will continue as Promotion Chair Person since I’m the most senior rank in the committee. I will work and serve the sport dedicating my free time to help others understand the importance of the Sport of Judo.
Here is my trajectory and my main accomplishments.