The Bow in Judo

The Bow in Judo – By Mel Appelbaum, NYAC Judo Why do we have to bow? This is a very common question among new judokas. The bow has no religious meaning. It is simply a means of demonstrating respect and humility. The bow in Japanese is “rei” and the Kodokan standard for proper Judo etiquette is that “Judo starts with…

Memories of My Sensei, Takahiko Ishikawa, 9th Dan

Memories of My Sensei, Takahiko Ishikawa, 9th Dan,  By Harold ( Hal ) E. Sharp  I would like to share some of my experiences with you about my Sensei and dear friend, Takahiko Ishikawa, 9th Dan who passed away at the age of 91 in June 2008.   I first met Ishikawa in 1953 in Japan after I became a Shodan…