In which some good stuff happensPosted: December 7, 2007
What you are looking at is a tiny bundle of paper that confirms me as a fully licensed adult member of the British Judo Association. Why is this a good thing? Two reasons really.
- Mainly it allows me to participate in judo competitions. Since all of these have to be sanctioned by the BJA, I can’t compete unless I am registered with them. I want to compete. At this stage in my development I think it is a very necessary learning tool. Maybe sometime I’ll explain what I mean by that. Plus throwing people is fun.
- Less importantly it allows me to continue to test for grades and go up the officially sanctioned ladder. For the most part I have tended to have little respect for the concept of grades in martial arts, or in most areas for that matter, but I still think it is useful in this case.
On the subject of grading, I officially have my yellow belt, which means I have moved from a state of officially knowing nothing to a state of thinking I know a little while still knowing nothing. Still, a closet full of brightly colored sashes can’t hurt any.
Either way, as usual I am just trying to enjoy the process and learn something. Especially since it is becoming increasingly clear how much I don’t know.