Welcome to the largest edition of TWOJ ever! At 44 pages you really
are getting a bumper issue this time! And I still struggled to fit
in everything that I wanted to include.
I sometimes wonder, as I get stiffly to my feet after a full days
photography sitting matside on the floor whether all the discomfort
is worth it - but then I look at some of the classic Judo moments
I have managed to capture (once I've had something to eat !) and my
enthusiasm returns. I hope you enjoy looking at the images too.
A great plus in this job is the number of amazing places I get to
visit as I travel the world following our Judoka from one event to
the next. Since the last issue I've been to Brazil, Fiji, Japan, the
Dominican Republic, Holland and of course the Budokwai in London!
It's a mixed blessing as the jet lag can be ghastly and sometimes
I arrive just in time for the start of the event and rush between
the stadium and the hotel before dashing to make the plane home, without
having a moment to appreciate any other aspect of the location - but
on the occasions that I have a day spare and I get to actually have
a look around the experience can be fantastic. I think it would be
a good idea to only hold Judo events at venues that offer the chance
to Surf! Salvador, Brazil and Fiji got it just t right! How about
holding the British Championships in Woolacombe, Devon!
Let me know any comments you have on the magazine, always pleased
to hear from the readership.
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