Ok, my fingers have recovered enough from the "fence encounter" to type now.
Josh is now driving back home after staying Thur and Fri nights. He got in Thursday in time for judo and did randori with me and my guys. I tried really hard to footsweep him but couldn't do it. I tried telling myself that he was just a big bale of hay but it didn't help. I did get to be on the receiving end of a dimelo finally. It was cool.
I had to work on Friday but after, we toured the farm and he helped me repair my electric fence. I knew I should have turned the fence off first but decided I could just pull on the ends past the insulators and work on it live. All went well until the end when I didn't realize that the last strand (not a hot one) had overlapped a hot wire further down the line. I had a good grip and was pulling hard so it was a pretty good zap!
You know you come from a hard training environment when you laugh and point at someone being electrocuted. Next time I'll just pretend to unplug the fence and then have Josh pull on the wire...
Anyway, I couldn't let him leave without carrying a bale of hay out to a paddock. The pic is on his camera and should get posted tomorrow.
The clinic today was a big success. I learned a lot. Basically everything he showed I have seen in Olympic and World Championship matches but have never been shown the techniques before.
I seriously intend to try to throw someone with a dimelo at the Veishea tournament next weekend. Not only did I learn a lot, my guys really soaked it up as well. I'm pretty much the best judo player most of my guys have ever seen so it was good to widen their horizons and let them see what a real judo player looks like.
I'd highly recommend bringing Josh in for a clinic. His judo is unique, modern and well thought out. His wife Ai is lovely and his daughter is the cutest, sweetest, most polite little lady! It was a real treat having them as guests.