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Age/time in judo:
The most important thing is the students I have helped over the years.
What do you get from judo? Why is judo important to you?
Judo is a way of life for me. I expect to participate for the rest of my
life. Aside from the physical benefits of conditioning, balance, coordination,
stamina, flexibility, etc., and the learning and perfecting of a skill,
we all derive a sense of well being. Our dojo is like a family, and each
member benefits from the interaction and common learning experience by
working with all of the others. It is the second principle of the way.
Jita Keoyei, meaning mutual welfare and benefit. Each one of us grows
and learns from the group. Everyone contributes something, from the newest
white belt to the most experienced teacher, or sensei. Thus, any time one
of us wins a match, a contest or receives a promotion, we all share in it.
It is completely not about self. It also relaxes and energizes me. I can
park day to day stress at the door and enjoy a workout that leaves me relaxed,
less tired and better able to focus.
What do you think is a good reason for people to come to judo
Camaraderie, growth, learning, discipline, physical benefits.
What do you do aside from judo?
I have been a CPA living and working in New Mexico for the past 26 years,
have three children, two of whom are married, and three grandchildren.
I enjoy fishing, but judo is really my primary avocation.
What's your favorite technique?
It used to be uchi mata, or inner thigh throw, but lately I have been throwing
so much junk at my opponents it is hard to tell. Ippon seioi nage, single
shoulder throw has been working well recently.
What's currently going on with you and judo?
Since this is probably my last competitive season, it is gratifying to be having a good year. When I started judo, I thought I might someday be a brown belt.
Over the years, I adjusted my objectives higher, settling on the national championship as a final task. Achieving this was a significant challenge for me, as I
was a polio victim as a child. I have had a great deal of help in this, and acknowledge Howard Higgins and Rob DeBuck for helping me train, Lorenzo Schipp
for teaching me a great deal of judo, and Jesse Ballou, our sensei, who is the glue which has held the club together for all of these years; I also have to thank God.