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Are we still ‘Minnesota nice’?

BY INAE HAR, MNDAILY.COM

” […] I was told that when he entered the gym, the Judo club members warmly welcomed him and even gave him a judogi — a judo uniform — to join their practice. He attended several more meetings until the day before he left Minnesota. In the last meeting he attended, they held a pizza party for him. He said these were the friendliest people he met throughout all his travels.”  Read more..

Hands Off My Gi

BY ELIZABETH AULWES, WAKEMAG.ORG

” [Sensei] Shellum also included a boost in self-confidence in the list of benefits of playing judo. “When I put this gi on … I know who I am. There’s no question in my mind who I am or what I’m about,” he says.

There’s one other thing judo fosters, though the sensei didn’t mention it. There’s a noticeably caring spirit in the mat room. New students are welcomed immediately and students often check with their partners after a rough move to make sure that no one is hurt […]”  Read more..




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