Osagame

  • The Everyday Hero finds a Hero

    The Everyday Hero finds a Hero

    If you knew who I was talking about when I talked about The Everyday Hero then you probably also know that he was living with kidney disease. He would go to dialysis, and then come to Osagame. He would do randori, he would train, he would do kettlebells —- all the while controlling the amount…

  • The Secret Handshake

    The Secret Handshake

    When I was 5 I was in a secret club. The club only had 2 members, my best friend and me. But it was a club and it was a secret. Because it was a secret club we had a secret handshake. You had to know that secret handshake to gain entrance into the secret…

  • The Cheerful Assassin

    The Cheerful Assassin

    One of the women in our club is, honest to God, just about the nicest person you would ever want to meet. She’s kind, considerate, and caring. She is also unfailingly pleasant (and the curator of insanely good snacks, like wasabi Kit Kats —- sweet and spicy and crunchy all together). Chatting with her or…

  • How You Roll is Who You Are

    How You Roll is Who You Are

    There’s a feeling in the grappling community that we reveal something about ourselves by how we grapple; that our style of fighting is a reflection of something about ourselves and our character. How we fight, is bound up with how we live. I think there’s something true about that. Broadly speaking (VERY broadly speaking) there…

  • Learning Your Name

    Learning Your Name

    There’s a story that pops up from time to time on the grappling boards, Valerie Worthington tells a version of it here. It goes something like this: ‘ I was a white belt and tried to be friendly with other people at the academy but no one wanted to learn my name. In fact, one…

  • Paralympic Judoka

    I competed in Jiu Jitsu for the first time at 51. The woman who beat me was 20. And wow, did she ever beat me. Squished me like a bug. But I felt great, I felt like a real winner. And I felt like a winner because I went into that fight knowing I was…

  • Teaching is Learning

    In my regular life I’m a Math teacher. I teach everything from Geometry to Calculus, and I’ve been doing it for 20 years. I’ve used a LOT of different techniques to teach. I’ve used Skill and Drill, Intellectual Scavenger Hunts, Puzzles & Games. I’ve used cooperative learning; Think, Pair, Share, Shoulder Partners, Group Projects. You…

  • What’s with all the Turtles?

    If you just walked into Osagame off the street you might notice a little more than just a awesome Mat room, some serviceable bathrooms and a bunch of cubbies. You might also notice lots and lots of turtles. You might see turtle sculptures made of wood, ceramic and clay. You might see stuffed animal turtles…

  • Conditioning Doesn’t Suck

    No, it doesn’t suck It’s actually pretty fabulous As I was reading Ray’s post, Conditioning Sucks, I kept thinking how I disagree. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the gym. I could be there for hours.  When I was seriously bodybuilding leg day often took 2 – 3 hours.  I was preparing to write a counterpost in…

  • Conditioning Sucks

    I know that conditioning and strength training is important to be as good as you can be. I know that it’s important to be as good as I can be, and I did a lot when I was competing regularly. But I really don’t like doing a lot of outside conditioning. I just don’t. For…

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