My 2nd Judo Competition for shodan (black belt) in Japan

On Monday I did this competition again. This was the 2nd time. I had a tie and only got a half a point. So now I have 2.5 points.

This was taken from the other day when I did a judo competition at the Fukuoka Budokan. This competition is called “shodan shinsa” and it’s a test where if you get a certain number of wins you can qualify for a black belt.

It’s a bit anxiety producing and if you ever competed before you will know.

This was a draw.

Neither myself or opponent won so I only got a half of a point and was eliminated. If you lose or tie you get eliminated. To lose is zero points. In my first one I won two matches.

I almost got some submissions. An arm lock from reverse triangle in the beginning, but the ref called matte right when I was about to get it.

ARGHHHH^^.

And another armbar, almost but not that time my technique might have needed an adjustment.

In judo they call matte pretty quick when you are on the ground.

Cheesy yoga on the beach in Japan

This was a hot summer day from a few months ago. I rode my bike out to Nishijin in west Fukuoka and went to the beach. I like it out there.

I then decided to do some yoga.

Here we go. Hmm, my posture is not perfect…


This was actually the second time in the same day. Sometimes I do that. But I usually do yoga in the late morning.