My father used to say this joke, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”
Taraje did everything possible to prepare (well almost everything) to do well at the Pan Ams and it just didn’t “pan” (no pun intended). Some things you just can’t plan for. So now Taraje has to do his best to qualify his weight class for the Olympics.
The key for us really is to reasses what took place and to fix some of the problem areas. For those inside of my Judo Inner Circle we will discuss this particular topic in the audo portion of our Inner Circle Issue.
Right now The Judo Crusader has been training 73 kg ______ _____. This young man’s matwork has been improving like you wouldn’t believe. The Judo Crusader believes that this young man will make a huge in the 73 kilogram weight class and he will submit some people on the way………… .. Zhooooo Jitsuuuuuuuu!
Brian Olson’s Comeback
It has been duly noted that Brian Olson, 3 Time Olympian and 1997 World Championship Bronze Medalist, is coming out of retirement to make a 4th Olympic Team. He will face off against the best our nation has to offer at 90 kilograms. Right now those individuals are Rick Hawn and Gary St. Leger. I wonder how Brian will do against teh current competition that we have right now. My guess is that he will find, making the team, just a little bit tougher than he initially thought it was going to be. But may not. I think that Rick Hawn, is going to fight his @$$ off to keep his number one spot.
Right now Rick is just coming off of an impressive Bronze Medal performance at the 2007 Pan American Championships and he’s been on fire after an impressive showing at teh National Championships, the World Team Trials and the Pan Ams. Now we’ll see how it all turns out.
Travis Stevens Shocks
In an event filled Pan American Geams, Travis Stevens was one of the highlights of the competition. Weighing in at 81 kilograms, Travis was in the same weight class as my good friend and living Judo legend Flavio Canto of Brazil. Travis showed no fear in his first International Team Appearance threw Flavio Canto for ippon in an impressive international team debut.
Travis went on to win the Pan American Games 81 kg division and put a little gold in his pocket at the end of the day. Travis is on track to do some damage at the World Championships. We all certainly hope that Travis does well.
Good luck bro.
The World Championships
Will Be Here Soon….
And I’m talking about the Brazilian Jiujitsu World Championships. They will be here on August 23 until August 25. The Judo Crusader can remember back in 2001 when he was competing in Brazil and he earned a silver medal. Now other future champions and Mixed Martial Arts superstars will mix it up in California at the end of August and it will be quite an affiar. I wish my new blue belt Taraje could attend. But we have to stay focused on the Olympics.
Take care good people.
Up, up and awayyyyy,
The Judo Crusader