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    Default Judo Students From 40 Years ago Attending my 80th Birthday Party

    Funny, my 80th birthday is this Saturday, so my wife and daughter have planned a birthday party for me. They got on Facebook and located some of my Judo students from Miami, Florida from 1973 until 1980 or 82 -- and several of them will be coming from various locations around the state. Wow, they are all grandparents! Back then they ranged from grade school to high school age. I taught Judo on and off from 1965 until 1988 when I just lost interest. Looking back and wondering; if one could see in the future back then maybe my teaching days would have continued on. Here are a few photos of some of them attending:
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    Happy Birthday, sensei!
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    Happy Birthday, Jeff!
    Are you still training, or doing some aspects of judo?
    Cady Goldfield

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    No, stopped training many years ago.

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    My wife and our daughter planned and executed my birthday party in our small home here in Lake Placid, Florida that went very well. Several local friends came and some of my old Judo students from the 1970s drove in from a few locations in Florida. It was great, they are all grandparents now! Really make one feel old! A couple friends or old students could not come due to health or COVID-19 reasons.

    We talked a mile a minute and had such a grand time. They told me of other former students that are still in contact with each other and they talk about our Judo days all the time. So nice to have people remember me. Live a clean life, have friends and treat them well; they remember you forever.

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    Sometimes I think of all the Judo kids and adults I taught from 56+ years ago and wonder where they are now. Some still keep in touch and even visit! Then in early 2002, while visiting our Navy son and family in Japan, we went down to the Kodokan and I ran into the library curator, the late Naoki Murata, who had assisted Kotani sensei with our SAC/ARDC combative measures classes in 1961. Wow, did we have a great conversation. I just learned of his passing in April 2020; he was 9 years younger than me. Sad, our discussion brightened his day and mine as well.

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    Thanks for sharing these memories with us, Jeff. I wish there were more judo people around to stop by and chat with you here, but we're just a quiet backwater on the internet, these days.
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    They must have burned out with Internet Judo Mostly reminiscing with me since I stopped Judo so long ago.

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    Though I don't practice judo, I do train with people who still actively train in judo. There are lots of judo people in my area, but they do not hang around on the internet, only use it to market their programs. Jimmy Pedro grew up near me, and has a big dojo not far from here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cady Goldfield View Post
    Though I don't practice judo, I do train with people who still actively train in judo. There are lots of judo people in my area, but they do not hang around on the internet, only use it to market their programs. Jimmy Pedro grew up near me, and has a big dojo not far from here.
    Back when I was practicing my time was limited to work, Judo and catching up on sleep

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    Social media destroyed these fora.
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