Importance of Judo in My Life
I started practicing judo when I was ten years old. It was the
most significant decision of my life. Judo is one of the Japanese
traditional martial arts and it is also an Olympic sport. As a result,
Judo has become a popular sport around the world. I think that if I had
not done judo at all, my life would have been completely different. When
I was in elementary school, I really enjoyed judo just for fun. However,
after I graduated from elementary school, I entered Kyusyu Gakuin middle
school, which was a private school with the best judo team in
city, which is my home city. I practiced four hours a day seven days a
week for three years. After I graduated from middle school, I
automatically went to its high school, so I had three more years of
four-hour-practice sessions everyday. I spent most of my adolescence
doing judo. It was intense and hard but really fun. That is why I truly
love this sport. Judo trained me not only physically but also mentally.
Even though judo is a sport, it is a way of education in
. We usually learn judo with a lot of manners such as how to bow, how to
talk respectfully, and how to be humble. These are extremely important
values for my life.
I came to the
after graduating from high school because I wanted to study here and my
high school judo coach had a connection with Keith Nakasone, who is a
coach for the San Jose
judo team. As soon as I came to San Jose, I joined the team and started working out with them. Therefore, I have
made a lot of friends, and have been helped a lot by them. Finally, I
have realized that my life is always related to judo in a lot of ways.
Therefore, I truly believe that my decision was right and the discipline
and lessons of judo will continue to guide me in the future.