The Budo Diaries - Volume Two

So I am about half way through the training camp and life is hard. Our first few days were long, long randori sessions in the morning and afternoon 

So I am about half way through the training camp and life is hard. Our first few days were long, long randori sessions in the morning and afternoon (either 20 X 5 mins or 16 X 6 mins). I was moving well and executing my techniques relatively well but most importantly my body was holding up. I was missing no more than three randori’s a session.

 

These sessions were frequented by over 500 males, divided in two dojos. There were some massive names floating around like Suzuki, Muneta, Paischer, Fukuoka etc, so I was happy to be holding my own amongst these guys. 

 

In the past couple of days we have competed in two competitions as part of the Budo University team.

 

Our team of five Australian men have had some mixed results with wins, losses and draws across the board.

 

Personally, I fought rather sluggishly but notched up three wins and a draw. I guess results don’t always reflect performance. Sometimes you feel like you’re fighting really well and then you get flogged in 30 seconds, other days you feel like garbage and walk away with some Ippon wins and a Gold Medal.

 

Either way in the run up to London 2012 I need wins not fancy moves so I’ll take this as a positive. 

 

Well now it is back to long, long randori sessions and enjoyable (sarcasm) conditioning workouts.

 

Ivo

 

P.S. If my mum reads this, please send over some pasta or steak. This rice and chicken is killing me! 

 

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