I am thankful for judo. Judo is scarry, and I have a long way to go with it. That being said, in the less than a year that I have been studying judo, it has toughened me up. It has helped me be more aware of my relationship to the ground. It has given me the opportunity to meet some cool people like Adnan Gutic, Heidi Moore, Stephen Scott Moore, Kevin Brousard, and Rolando Romero just to name a few. It allowed me to travel to Texas and experience what judo competition is like at the national level, if only just. I’ll still never forget my match, as a yellow belt, against judo black belt Ryan Jones. A very worthwhile learning experience. Beginning to practice judo, however late in the game, has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.