Judo

Per my Blog last week on the Las Vegas Kosen Judo Tournament, it should be emphasized that Celita Schutz the Current President of the USJA has made a solid commitment to the promotion and expansion of their Kosen Judo Rules as developed by John Paccione the Past President of the USJA. Continuing along this theme, I asked my friend and colleague Steve Scott to elaborate on his concept of Freestyle Judo.

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The first Kosen Judo Event held by the Shoshinkan Dojo (a 501c3 corporation) this past Saturday in Las Vegas on May 1st is now history, but it's already on the way to becoming a legend. The venue was their new larger dojo. Approximately 130 competitors from clubs throughout the area attended.

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The International Judo Federation imposed a four-year ban on the nation of Iran Thursday for preventing its athletes from facing Israeli judoka in competitions. The case had been referred back to the IJF's disciplinary commission in March after the Court of Appeal for Sport overturned an indefinite ban on Iran as not being within the federation's regulations.

The case stemmed from accusations brought by former world champion Saeid Mollaei who, while representing Iran at the 2019 world championships, said he was ordered to lose a match to avoid facing Israeli Sagi Muki. Mollaei has since defected from Iran and now represents Mongolia.

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Being a black belt in a martial art has become an impressive status symbol. Recently on the Black Belt website the question What does being a black belt mean to you? was posed as a discussion topic.

Here are some of the many responses. Mine is at the end.

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