I was having a conversation with a Russian judoka who was explaining to me some details on how to properly execute an uchi mata throw. And it slowly began to dawn on me how many elite judoka he was friends with. One of them is Georgii Zantaraia, a judo world champion, and one of the most dynamic and exciting judoka competing today.
Here’s a video of him uploaded by my new Russian friend:
It’s strange to see a greater-than-life figure dressed in normal “civilian” clothing and yet still playing beautiful judo. Imagine starting a bar fight with this little 130 lbs guy. On a hard floor, you would probably not make it out alive.
Here’s a highlight of Georgii, wearing a gi this time
Returned to the gym today. I had a stomach ache, felt bloated, tired, and just really out of it. And yet… the only thing that doesn’t kill my shoulders that involves my arms is deadlifts. It’s a tough one for me mentally, because of how much I can lift, there is always pressure to equal the previous workout’s performance. Exceeding it, of course, is the goal, but is usually incredibly rough. Today I didn’t perform well at all, but at least I’m back at it. I felt some pain in my back too, but nothing to be crying over. Tomorrow, I’ll a few miles, and try to figure out my ID problem that prevents me from getting into the gym.
4 sets of deadlifts
5 sets of weighted incline situps (think Seoi Nage)
Watched an hour of Judo practice – damn it was tempting. Will covered pin escapes, while I thought about how much it hurts my shoulders to hold someone down.
Watched about 1 hour of Beijing Olympic -81kg men’s and -63kg women’s during meals. All I have to say is Travis Stevens should have won the match against the reigning world champ Tiago Camilo. Terrible refereeing.
Read about 30 minutes of “Russian Judo” (a masterclass book). I need to investigate further into the new pant-grabbing rule, and how some of the throws can be modified based on the changes.
I did rehab for the shoulder twice today (stretching and strengthening). Iced I think 4 times. Echo of pain is still there. I don’t trust my shoulders. This I think results in terrible judo. Some guy bumped into me at 711, and all I could think was how much I didn’t want to punch him because it would set my recovery back another week or two.