UnRisk 8

Nelson Mandela's Welcome to the city of Glasgow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqwZrVtZva8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkXxi5OgNzo

The big 60

Today I turn the 60 year corner. How time flies.

My family want me to take up golf, tennis anything except judo but I just can't seem to get around to it.

Here is a photo taken last night!

What I did on my Holidays: living in Cooley

This is a photo of the Cooley mountains on the east coast of Ireland.

And now the Kids' Turn

Seem to enjoy it! See the guy on the right? He's trying to crawl away.

The Gentle Sport of Judo, Part III

This is a hold-down I am doing (called keza gatame). You see how easy it is for me! There is no way Mr. van der Kolk can escape (at least not for the duration of the photo session).

By the way, this is one of the first techniques one learns in judo.

The Gentle Sport of Judo, Part II

This is an example of an arm-lock (juji-gatame). Don't worry it doesn't hurt. In practice I should tap the mat before it becomes serious!

Tom has my writing arm in the lock; it's insured.

The Gentle Sport of Judo, Part I

In a new set of blogs I would like to say something the sport of Judo, its origins, why it came into existence and show some action shots.

The origins of the sport can be traced back to a single person, Dr. Jogoro Kano around 1890. Kano was not a big man, weighing less than 60 kg and his height was around 1m 60 cm. He was regularly annoyed at school by larger boys and this prompted him to create a new system of self-defence which he called Judo – the gentle way – so that he could defend himself. He adapted many of the techniques from ancient sports such as Sumo and Jujitsu and after some years the sport of Judo evolved from its humble beginnings in the Kodokan to become an Olympic sport and played in every country on the planet. As they say, the rest is history.

Kano was calligrapher, economist, judoka and traveled widely. He was one of the first people in Japan to learn English and teach courses in that language.

But Judo is more than just a sport. It is a philosophy and a way to view life.

Now closer to home. Every Friday evening I attend Judo classes at the club of Mr. Tom van der Kolk (see photos, that the gentleman in the blue judo suit) in Koedijk, the Netherlands (www.tomvanderkolk.nl). As you can see from the photo I am giving him a hard time but he still seems to be laughing. Tom’s club has a large number of students ranging from 7 years to upwards in the fifties. It is one of the most famous clubs in Holland and has several national and European champions.

Of course, others (like me) do judo for fun and after a hard week on the Wilmott forums you need it.

In judo the following kinds of techniqus are allowed:

Throws

Pin on the ground

Arm locks

Strangles

At all times the safety of the partner is absolute and no injury to him or her is tolerated. How many sports can boast this claim?

The Netherlands has had many numerous Judo champions; the two legendary judokas were Anton Geesink (first non-Japanese to win an Olympic gold medal) and Wim Ruska (from Amsterdam), another giant who won two gold medals at the Munich Olympics.