A number of years ago I had the journalist of the local newspaper ask me what I liked about Judo. My response was that I didn’t like Judo....I LOVED it.
I went on to talk about how much I loved the feeling of putting my gi on, tying up my belt and bowing onto the mat. I talked about how when you begin training everything else is forgotten. I love that it doesn’t matter how much University work I have to catch up on - as soon as I begin training I forget all about it. I’m in the zone, trying out new techniques, refining others and trying to become a more complete Judoka.
I love the chess match of Ne Waza, the tactical gripping strategies of grip fighting and the feeling of getting cleanly underneath your opponent with an Uchimata or Seoi nage. Or better still the effortless feeling of a perfectly timed footsweep.
My question is. What do you like about Judo? What do you love about it?
Sometimes we get too caught up in the competitive aspects of Judo and we forget what we love about it.
Today stop and think about what you love about Judo.
Feel free to comment below on what you love about Judo.