Judo begins


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I had my first beginner Judo class. While it was just exercise, demonstrations, and practice breakfalls, it was nonetheless a reminder of mortality. It has been a long time since I have done pushups or situps, especially in 20-repetition sets between other exercises. Furthermore, some of the Judo-specific warmups are both unfamiliar and challenging. In the first session, we got as far as practicing straight-back breakfalls and the preliminaries to O-goshi.

I’m confident that I never thought about my dissertation, or even climate change activism, during the 90-minute class.

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alena September 21, 2016 at 12:30 am

What a great way to clear your mind and get strong too.

Milan September 24, 2016 at 9:36 pm

At our second session, we were introduced to our first hold down. My muscled partner took to it enthusiastically, with force and leverage I can still feel in my upper left ribcage.

At the same time, the warmup exercises are already feeling easier.

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