Edition No. 32. Autumn, 2002. Today is
Bob Willingham

Sekai no Judo Zasshi -- The World of Judo Magazine
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Hello again and welcome to edition 32 of TWOJ. I find it hard to believe that this issue means I have now been producing this magazine for eight years! A special thank you to all those of you who have supported me since the beginning. During my entire time as editor I have had the pleasure of publicising the achievements of many British judo players at various levels in the sport but this issue is particularly special. The Commonwealth Games in Manchester saw so much British judo success that I have had to limit the front cover to showing only the Gold medallists. The entire event is the focus of this issue and you will see that pages 16 - 25 are dedicated to celebrating every aspect of this spectacular occasion. The atmosphere was the best I have known at any event in this country and was more than a match for the best judo events anywhere in the world. TWOJ can in fact claim some small piece of the credit for the great atmosphere created, our proof reader (actually my wife Kim!) was the announcer bringing the fighters in to the arena and she'd like me to tell you that she did a great job!! (OK, OK now will you make my dinner Kim?)

It's good to see our new BJA Cheif Executive is now in post and introduces himself on page 10 and our Chairman, Densign White, brings us up to date on all that has been going on behind the scenes since we elected him.

I get so much response to "Scene around" that I have expanded it this time. If you want to get in on the act then come and talk to me next time you see me with a camera in my hand.

Also in this issue: reports on The European Cadet Championships, The Junior Worlds and the World Teams along with some interesting insight into how effective judo skills are in the wider fighting context of UFC (see "A Brawl at the Hall" p.29 and "Judo Rules" p.5) I hope you'll enjoy it all. Let me know - I really do value all the comments you send me. So keep them coming.

Bob Willingham
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