3/14/2011 11:03pm, #11"Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
"When I was a little boy, I had a sailor suit, but it didn't mean I was in the Navy." - Mtripp on the subject of a 5 year old karate black belt
"Without actual qualifications to be a Zen teacher, your instructor is just another roundeye raping Asian culture for a buck." - Errant108
"Seriously, who gives a **** what you or Errant think? You're Asian males, everyone just ignores you, unless you're in a krotty movie." - new2bjj
3/14/2011 11:09pm, #12
Yep. You'll have a lot of really good coaches, in fact you're more or less at judo mecca. You'll have a lot of classes to pick from, you'll have a lot of people of different shapes and sizes to judo. You'll practise top notch techniques.
You also get to bow and wear a gi if that traditional stuff matters to you.
Seriously, there's no other choice. I wager after doing six months of judo at the kodokan, you could go to many other more traditonal styles and laugh your ass off because you do the same things they do, but you've trained harder, faster, and better.
EDIT: Also, Japan?
Maybe wait a year.
3/14/2011 11:15pm, #13
Was about to ask. You can't just move into Japan to train, although you may be able to stay here up to 3 months without a visa depending on your nationality. I think I might have heard something about getting a cultural visa through the Kodokan, but I really have no idea.
On top of that, times are tough in Japan right now and if you don't already have something already lined up you probably aren't going to find too much. Heck, you can't even find cup ramen at the grocery store right now in Japan much less employment or a visa sponsor.
3/15/2011 12:02am, #14
I wouldn't go there any time soon.
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