How to cut 20lbs in 5 days

I am fighting in Peru and Argentina in 2 weeks in the 81kgs/178lb weight category.  I usually walk around at 205lbs.  I haven’t made this weight in a very long time. So I decided to do a mock weigh in before I head out there to compete. I made a video everyday as reference. I lost 20lbs in 5 days. Enjoy!!

IMG_8426  I think this goes here.

IMG_8446 Peter came to Judo Wednesday.

IMG_8487  This Friday night workout was a struggle.

IMG_8513 Im 183lbs here.  5 more to go.


IMG_8542  This was delicious.


IMG_8649  This was my weight 24 hours after I weighed in on Sunday.  Gained back 22.5lbs in 24 hours!!!


On Sunday, I coached my athletes at the NY State Judo Championships.  Here is the highlight reel.  I ate 4 Bahn Mi sandwiches and had Korean BBQ for dinner.  But starting Monday, back to my descent.  Peru, here I come!!!

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How to be a Judo Fan


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I scarf down my croissanwich as I swipe my creds at the turnstile of my work building. I overhear the desk guy chatting about his Alma Matter’s football team. Michigan playing… (fades into background noise).

The glowing screen of the ticking numbers and the ever evolving spreadsheets start to hurt my eyes, so I decide to take a micro break. I get up and walk down the row of cubicles. I step to the water dispenser and there’s Sam. This is where the inevitable small talk commences. Sam says, “How about them jets?”

“I’m embarrassed to say, I haven’t been keeping up with the Jets, I mean, seriously, Im a Giants fan.”

I return to my desk, I go to and do some reading. I pull up the company wide messenger system and send Sam a message. “they are looking pretty awful with Testaverde on the sidelines. HA!” yeah, I’m that guy.

It’s Thursday now, Jesse wants to grab a drink after work. Alright. #Happyhour, #localbar, #nexttowork. The hours pass quickly. We chat about the new hot intern (yea sure Joe, if you were 20 years younger… you’re not fooling anyone.) The efficiency consultant, UGH! As glances to the floating rectangle becomes more and more frequent, the topic of conversation naturally progresses… “Who do you like for this game?”

I’m with my work boys. Amongst us, a die hard fan of whatever team playing. The glory of HIS team, affects him so much. HIs heated fandom is contagious, and although some of us HATE the Patriots, we can’t help being uplifted by the high of Sport.

We go home, watch sports center with a slight headache. We youtube the “SICK interference that lead to the INSANE 80 yard return.” and post the video clip on the Facebook wall of friends and family.


In the same time, same space, same dimension, Anthony, doesn’t eat croissanwiches, goes drinking after work to watch the game, and watch sports center. Instead, he eats Healthy, goes to Judo practice and watches Top 10 Ippons from the most recent Grand Slam.

When he gets to the water dispenser, he doesn’t chat about whether or not Eli Manning is a bum. He chats about something else. Because he isn’t a football fan. He wishes he can chat about Judo and Zantaria’s indomitable will to win. But he is going to have to save that for Friday night at the dojo.

It isn’t easy being a Judo fan. The exposure through mainstream media is nil. Most people don’t talk about it. I would even go ahead and say, 80% of my dojo members don’t know who the current heavy hitters of World Judo are. So here is my attempt, easing the transition into being a true Judo fan.

1. Learn the Rules of Judo
Cant watch judo and enjoy if you have no idea what is going on. Im not going to go into it all, but here is a recap.
Every competition is in tournament style. Athletes separated by gender and weight.
5 Minute matches, 3 ways to win. Slam your opponent to their back. Submission (arm lock or choke), 25 second hold down.

2. Understanding the International Judo Federation (IJF)
In football, we have the NFL. Baseball, MLB. Hockey, NHL. World soccer, I don’t know, who watches soccer? But in Judo, we have the IJF (take a look)

IJF site

The IJF is all things Judo. The biggest governing body.

Every year, the IJF has 4 grand slams, 4 grand prix, and 8 continental opens. They are also in charge of the Continental championships and the World Championships.   Every country hand selects their team. The individual athletes earn points to be on the World Ranking List. Which is used for Olympic Qualifications.

You can find the Rankings at

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Go head.  Play around with it.  Take a look at the best in your divison.  Throw their names into Youtube.

3.  Follow the Action!!

You can find the LIVE brackets here.

You can watch the live stream here

If you miss the action, you can always go to these links and watch what you missed.

Lets see what tournaments are coming up.

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Now, all you need is a space to communicate your thoughts with a like-minded individual. How about the dojo!!!?


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Judo Tactics, Right vs Left

Thank you so much for your support and great feedback on the Judo tactics Right vs Right! Now here is the Right vs Left version. In Japan they call same sided Judokas fighting, Ai-yotsu. And Opposite sided Judokas fighting, Kenka-yotsu.

This would be Kenka yotsu.

Please share this if you like it.

If you have any suggestions for Videos, please let me know.

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How to throw someone: Judo Tactics Video

Hello everyone. As you know, I’m Shintaro Higashi. I wanted to do a Judo tactics video and with the help of a few students at KBI NYC, was able to put
together a simple tactical judo video for Right vs Right situations. The concept is the same for Left vs Left. Shintaro Higashi Uchimata

The first video is about Hand placement.  Obviously, this isn’t the end all.  There are many different variations from a variety of openings.  Please use this as a guide to develop YOUR judo and allow it to further your thinking.  It is important to build on strong fundamentals such as these and to pepper in your own innovations and strategies.

I lost track of where I was going, so the video sort of ends abruptly, but the following is the continuation.  It answers the question:

How do we get there?

From these positions, you can unload your own set of techniques.  If you are a power grip (overhand, over the back) kind of athlete, then you can do that too.

Thank you for watching!  If you liked the video, please share it.  If I get enough requests, I just might consistently make more of these.

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The smallest park in NYC

It was a Sunday. Quiet, tranquil and lazy. I must say, after a diligent week of Judo, reading books and building for a better future, I earned this.

It all started here.

My room NYC

I woke up and opened the curtains. Brushed my fingers against the plants rested on my window sill. I rolled over to grab my phone. Not only was it a laid back day of laid-backness, but a cheat day as well. You see, on sundays, I get to eat Whatever my little heart desires.

I punched in what I want most. And I turned on the Tv. To my delight, Little Manhattan was on my watch list. A lady friend of mine downloaded the movie to my PLEX database. We watched the first 15 minutes, but we never got around to finishing it. So I pressed play.

The story is about an 8 year old boy on the upper west side, falls in love for the first time. Yea, real exciting stuff here. It was more so background noise while I threw back my cheat day treat. Until the scene on the screen caught my eye. These two little kids on a date decided to curb stomp this bully using the techniques they learned in karate class. And then the story proceeded and they chattered about….

The septuagesimo Uno. The smallest park in NYC. I got curious and decided to fact check. It turns out, the park is only 3 blocks away from My apartment.

septuagesimo uno


So i decided to check it out. Here are some photos.

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Sandwiched between two greats, Riverside and Central park, I felt a little bad for this guy, however, although minuscule and unknown, it did what parks are supposed to do and acted as an oasis from the concrete jungle.  Great Sunday.

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Top ippons of 2013

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