I took judo in college, after a year of trying out what I wrongly took to be easier, sissified, and less demanding PE classes like golf and archery and performing abysmally in them. A friend urged me to try judo, and though there was still my basic lack of agility and athleticism to contend with, I did rather well at it for a semester. This picture (taken from Tumblr) reminds me of one of the things I like about judo. The white gi, so elegantly simple, gives grapplers something to grab onto, and almost always it flies open in the heat of combat so that every bout I fought was a rip-n-strip battle. I could not have fantasized a better PE class for me at age 19.


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