Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Clemson Judo Club

Judo is a Japanese martial art that is known as the "gentle way." At Judo class we are taught to fall a special way so that we do not get hurt. We are also taught to use our opponents strength against them. In Judo, the instructor is called "Sensei." Our Sensei in Clemson is named Art Gorka. He is from Poland. His fiancee is part of our class too. Her name is Yim, and she is from Thailand.

Anthony and I have recently begun participating in the Judo Club at Clemson University where one of Anthony's Clemson mechanical engineering friends Ivan Mata is pretty advanced. He lives in our neighborhood in Clemson, and is originally from El Salvador. Not only did Ivan invite us to join the class, he also kindly gave us his former Judo Gi (uniform). Qing, one of Ivan's mechanical engineering office mates recently started doing Judo as well. Ivan's fiancee Andrea also does Judo at Clemson when she is in town. Towards the end of our last class I was given a white belt. Shastya was given a brown belt!