So i was going to write a blog about what is going on with me but instead decided to post a throwback journal/blog i wrote back in 2009(so long ago i know!). I haven’t edited the content-only removed all the swear words. Im glad i kept the entry because it […]So i was going to write a blog about what is going on with me but instead decided to post a throwback journal/blog i wrote back in 2009(so long ago i know!). I haven’t edited the content-only removed all the swear words. Im glad i kept the entry because it […]So i was going to write a blog about what is going on with me but instead decided to post a throwback journal/blog i wrote back in 2009(so long ago i know!). I haven’t edited the content-only removed all the swear words. Im glad i kept the entry because it […]

So i was going to write a blog about what is going on with me but instead decided to post a throwback journal/blog i wrote back in 2009(so long ago i know!). I haven’t edited the content-only removed all the swear words. Im glad i kept the entry because it is so interesting to see how things have changed for me in just 3 years.  Check it!!

 

6/10/09-

J-Pan

So it has began. The first day of our training camp at the National Training Center in Tokyo Japan. The day started out alright with me and Allison waking up and packing our stuff to leave the tokyo prince hotel. It was unsettling for me since i was getting used to my nice warm comfy bed but i am finally doing what i came here to do! We met Matsumura san in the lobby and then dragged our bags down the street to the train station, and thats when the sweating began. It was so humid today and as soon as we exited the hotel ,me carrying my huge duffel and my brand spanking new hot pink roller, i knew it was gonna be a hot walk. Sure enough a few minutes in i was sweating and by the time we made the 6 minute walk from hotel to train station i was soaked and irritated. We rode the train for about 30 minutes and then walked like 15 minutes to the national training center. I sweated the whole way there and was soaked back and FRONT by the time we entered the labyrinth that is the NTC.It is so amazing! Its like its own campus that houses places to work out for all the olympic sports. There are 3 main rules. Don’t ask athletes to take pictures with you, don’t bother other athletes of other sports, or your own and no taking paparazzi pics. I guess we are surrounded by super stars of all the sports. Too bad i don’t know who any of them are. There are literally photos of all the Japanese Olympians all over the place. It is very intimidating because Inoue,Tanimoto,Uchishiba and Ueno are literally constantly rubbing their olympic medals in our lame faces. Anyway we were early and had to wait about an hour for our room to open. I passed out and woke to find we could finally go into our room. It is a big room of just tatamis. Me and allison were introduced to most of the Komatsu girls team when we first arrived and they will also be our roommates during the camp.As we finally enter our room we realize that this big tatami room will be our home as well as the 9 girls from Komatsu for the next 10 days. We set our things up and slowly the girls start coming in and setting up. Imagine this. A 30 ft by 20ft room. with five girls lined up on futons on one side and four more on the other with all your stuff surrounding you. Not what we are used to but the girls ended up being sooo sweet and helping us figure everything out. We unpacked and started getting ready for judo and then walked through the maze that is the NTC once more and somehow ended up in the dojo which is one room with the brightest most fluorescent lights i have ever seen. These lights were reflecting off of about 8 full size mat areas of light yellow with light blue mats lining them. There were not as many girls as i thought there would be. Maybe 60 altogether? I think the huge mat area made it seem like less because that is a lot of people. In the beginning of the practice some girl comes out with handfuls of red, blue and yellow belts and i go into panic mode thinking people are gonna be put out as meat for the killing. But it turns out that the #1 players have to wear the red sashes.#2’s wear blue, and #3’s wear yellow. Everyone else just wears their normal gi.Practice started at 4.We did a 15 minute stretch warm-up followed by some rolls and stuff that i have done exactly in the same manner at every dojo i have visited in my 3 weeks in Japan thus far. Then uchikomis for about 15 minutes.Then moving uchikomis for like 20 minutes. Then 3 man uchikomis-100 of those!!!Then randori. 10 rounds @ 6 minutes a round. MANNNNNN!!!! These are not the kind of rounds where you are allowed to rest either. But i actually did ok. I mean over all i only got thrown a handful of times, but that is not the point. The point is to attack and i failed at that miserably.I barely attacked at all. I was surviving. Im embarrassed and pissed off about it. I mean i did some attacks, i guess you could say i did enough but i know i’m capable of more, i was just trying to last i guess. I mean these girls do rounds like this all the time i’m not ready for it yet. I know it will get better but i didn’t really get to work on any of the stuff i wanted to .It’s also hard because every single girl i fought was different from the one before so i had to adapt really fast.There is this 48kg girl i met at Teikyo Univ. on Mondays practice and she tried to murder me. And i was exhausted and on my 4th round of 6. So today when i went with her on round 10 i was tired but mainly just reacting to what was happening and i kicked her butt! Sure, sure she is 48kg, whatever, she’s stronger than me! I caught her with a kouchi right off the bat and slammed her so fast i didn’t know what i did. Then the next exchange i threw her with kata guruma BAM!!! Then she started snorting and getting pissed.HAHAHA!!! She wouldn’t even let me stand up before she was all on top of me and in my face and stuff and the next exchange i throw her again with an ouchi gari. I was laughing my butt off in my head but serious on the outside. Finally i was tired of fending off this little fire cracker and when she went in for a ippon-seoi to ko uchi combo i took the fall and she finally backed off.Hahaha It was entertaining at least. Then after the rounds were finally over we had to do 100 more uchi komis. And surprisingly i was able to pump em out and chill.Then we talked a little with the Komatsu girls and all the girls swept the mats which were literally covered with little tiny black hairs. It was gross. Then we walked back to dorms changed and went to dinner which was awesome!! It is the Japanese version of the cafeteria at the OTC in Colorado and Lake Placid! Udon, chicken, pasta,fish, weird shaped and funny looking stuff, juices, teas, yogurts, salads, fruits, miso soup, rice!! I was like heck yes! It was funny because the whole walk to the cafeteria one of the Komatsu girls was busy telling me how much she loves the food here and she was right!! 3 free meals a day baby!!! She told me breakfast is even better .YES!!