• My thoughts on the DO

    Starting practice is one of the most precious moments. It can be very exciting and eventually leads to fabulous growth. Now is the very moment to decide if to go all the way through.

    When I started judo practice I decided, that I would have done it for the rest of my life and that my Master would have been a constant presence in my thoughts.

    Fundamental to the DO is one ingredient: COMMITMENT, indicating, that self-discipline and persistence must be kept regardless of how hard it is.

    Practice puts us under constant stress, but without it we would never be able to develop our personality.

    Commitment and self-discipline are precious as gold for those seeking the DO.

  • In the Sixties

    1960: Bruno Carmeni throwing his opponent with seoi nage

  • More than 40 years later!

    2007: Bruno Carmeni throwing his opponent with seoi nage

Judo Techniques – IJF 2nd Grand Masters Judo World Championships Budapest 27th May 2010 – Aida Guemati F4 up to 63kg Bronze Medal

I just got back from Budapest with my wife, Aida, who competed at the IJF 2nd Grand Masters Judo World Championships in Budapest – 27th-30th May 2010 – bringing home a Bronze Medal after performing some outstanding judo techniques.

She entered the up to 63kg weight division in the F4 age group. Had a tough first fight with a French lady, Patricia Waldbillig-Hirt, that ended up in favour of the latter at the golden score. The second fight against a German opponent, Angela Rohloff, ended with an ippon for Aida in less then 20 seconds and so the third for the bronze against the Italian lady Aurora Calamo. Two judo techniques, o goshi and tai otoshi, performed a few seconds after the referee announced “hajime”, giving Aida an undisputable victory and a bronze medal to add to the many existing ones (gold, silver and bronze) won over the years.

At this second edition of the Grand Masters Judo WC there were 960 (854 males, 106 females) athletes representing 48 nations of the 5 continents. Russia, Hungary and France won the most medals. Italy placed 9th overall, 6th with the females and 10th with the males, entering 64 males and 6 females.

The numbers are growing and so the technical level. From year to year there is an evolution and there are many “comebacks”. Former National Athletes, that used to compete 15 or 20 years ago with their National Teams at major tournaments and that have stopped their activity for many years are starting to get interested and many have entered this competition.  

The judo techniques, that are performed are outstanding in many cases and despite the strong fights taking place on the mat, sometimes taken to an extreme level, one common feature I have seen and that has struck me again is the Friendship existing among these athletes. On the mat it is a battle to the last breath, but as soon as it is over a big hug, a smile and maybe a beer together at the bar later on. This is judo.

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