Judo: shiai and book

I went into the city this past week­end to ref­er­ee at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­i­to­ba’s annu­al shi­ai 1. Con­sid­er­ing I had­n’t ref­er­eed since the begin­ning of April, I feel I did fair­ly well. I got a com­pli­ment on the way out for catch­ing a cou­ple of “false attack” penal­ties — appar­ent­ly they get missed fair­ly fre­quent­ly — so I felt pret­ty good about that.

Next day, on the way out of town, I stopped in at McNal­ly Robin­son, one of my favourite book­stores, and end­ed up find­ing The Way of Judo on the shelf. It’s a biog­ra­phy of Jig­oro Kano, aka Kano-sen­sei, the founder of Judo. I waf­fled for a moment, but only for a moment; then I picked it up. I haven’t start­ed it yet, but I’m look­ing for­ward to it, for sure.

  1. Tour­na­ment or con­test, in Japan­ese. (Judo ter­mi­nol­o­gy is gen­er­al­ly giv­en in Japan­ese.)