Hi, everyone ! I hope you're doing well. I'd like to say I am but I've been sick since the end of November and this is seriously starting to be annoying. Urgh.
Anyway, today I'd like to talk about something that highly influanced who I am and that kind of became a part of me : judo.
I owe this sport so much. I started it when I was 7. It was a really bad period of my life. I didn't have any self-estime, was very shy and I was living a daily Hell. I don't really wanna talk about it but the point is that judo kinda "saved" me. It helped to get through all of this, in a way I would have never imagined.
If you don't know it, quick lesson : it is a martial art created by the Japenese polymath Jigoro Kano in 1882.
Judokas pratise in a dojo on a tatami and have to wear a judogi, usually white. There's a system of ranks divided into grades, represented by belts, going from the white belt to the red one.
A martial art is, by definition, a self-defense sport.This point is really important : it is in no way meant to attack someone but to defend yourself.
Judo is also defined by a moral code that has to be respected : politeness, courage, honnesty, honor, modesty, respect for others, self-control and friendship. As you can see, it transmits a lot of values important in your daily life.
And it helps you to feel good physically and psychologically.
What a beautilful sport.
I remember I wanted to do an extracurricular activity but I was hesitating between two things : judo and theatre. Theatre is also very important to me. Back when I was a child, I was already doing street shows with my cousin and a friend of ours, theatre pieces that we wrote ourselves. They were pretty silly but please, do not laugh at me, we were very young :) But yeah, anyway, I couldn't do both, primarily because of incompatible schedules. I chose judo because I really wanted to try a new sport. One of the best choices I've ever made. And I had the opportunity to join a theatre club later so... everything turned great !
My teacher was very cool ! Pretty authoritarian but cool. And funny too. He liked to make fun of us. Yes. You needed to stay strong with him cause well... Exercicing was really tough. Tough but good for your abdominal muscles. He made us do some traineeships, where we had the chance to meet some French champions, and even taught us Ju-Jitsu techniques.
I've been practising for 7 years (I even had the chance to participate to some competitions) but I had to stop not so long ago because of a knee injury that I don't have anymore. I am now at my blue belt (I skipped two of them). I'm looking foward to do my come back on the tatami but unfortunately, I can't. For now. Because of high school and buses schedules. Hopefully, I will after I passed my exams and finished high school.
I miss it sooooo much !! I even miss the pain you feel everywhere in your body the day after a training. Yep, I'm serious. Because yes, you always feel it, there's no escape. Oh and fun fact : I remember there was not a training passing without anyone getting hurt. When I say "fun" fact... It wasn't really fun at the moment :)
By the way, I admire this man so much.
If you don't know him, he's Teddy Riner, a French judoka. He's actually the first man who has won eight World Championships gold medals. He also won an Olympic gold medal and four other ones at the European Championships. He's so strong and great at what he does, I wanna be just like him.
So yes, judo defintely changed me. I became the exact opposite of what I was. I still don't have much self-estime but I'm not weak anymore and for that I am immensely grateful.
So this is it. Long live our passions, long live sports, long live judo !
Thanks for reading, I'll see you in two weeks ! ^.^