Once I committed myself to going to this tournament that is on Dec 2, a number of things popped up that usually happens in these situations. My job decided that I needed to stay over 2 to 3 hours for a week at a time and despite this , money also became a problem. Time and money both being the usual pain in the ass. Despite this, I spent about 2 and half weeks doing alot of stuff outside of class and somehow found myself at 2 or 3 extra judo classes that meet later but closer to my work. Generally, I think my technique is ok, I have a gameplan and I am going to do both gi and no gi, simply because I have a feeling that I will do poorly and want extra matches. Simply enough, I don’t think I have enough time on the mat. My defense is pretty good, but that is tied into my stamina which I have 2 weeks to work on. Despite a nagging back, I will also put in as much mat time as I can in the next two weeks.
I really wanted to do this tournament not only because it had been awhile, but also to jump start my progress and to show my instructor that I was committed to the team and to improving. I get the sense that he likes those that show the want to test their skills against others, and seems to push them more often. Belts aren’t everything, but I really would like to get my purple belt in a year or so. I kinda want to work on my judo black belt also after that point.
In all honesty though, I love this art. Whether in my head, where I call the whole thing just plain “Judo”, call it old school ju-jitsu or Brazilian jiu-jitsu or whatever, I love it. It centers me, brings out the best in me, and generally makes me happy despite my failings at it.