This Saturday, I competed at the Hudson Judo Promotional Tournament. It’s a line tournament, also known as Kohaku shiai or “winner stays up”. Competitors are lined up by weight. In theory, you fight until you loose, but in practice if you win 3 in a row by ippon (for brown belts) and 5 in a row (for black belts), you’re done. At this tournament we were given two chances to achieve that streak.
The best tournament experience for me is always one that has both tough wins and tough losses. I won 4 and lost 1. The one loss gave me a lot to think about, and given that it took me 7 hours to get back to Philly, I had a lot of time to think about it I did get a lot of work done, but the lesson for next time, at least for me personally, is to go with BoltBus instead of MegaBus. Also, I would like to thank the owner of the Subway on 34th and 9th who at first told me that they don’t have a restroom, but after I bought a sandwich, came up to me like in a scene from a mob movie and told me that I could use his “personal” restroom in the back. It was a truly an honor to be welcomed into the “family”.
The following is a video “diary” that includes a bunch of rambling clips of me talking, as well as highlights of my matches and matches of my new good friend Christopher Maksymowicz who defeated 5 opponents in a row to receive a Batsugan promotion to 2nd degree black belt:
Also, here’s a video highlighting my matches from the previous promotional tournament:
Thanks to my judo sensei Ray Huxen for his motivation and coaching.