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August 2, 2008 – Beijing Normal University

Posted by Allen Gordon on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 with No Comments

TIME: 2124hrs BreakfastI woke up around 0630 and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I watched movies on my laptop for about an hour before deciding to go online. I was on the computer for about 40 minutes before heading down to breakfast with Michael, Marti, Kayla and Garry. Breakfast was delicious… there were omelette’s,...

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August 1, 2008 – Leaving for Beijing

Posted by Allen Gordon on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 with No Comments

TIME: 2052hrs It’s been a long day! I finally made it to Beijing, China after about what felt like a ba–jillion hour trip. The day started out in San Jose, CA at 0700hrs. The bus left San Jose State University at 0715hrs for the San Francisco International Airport. It took about an hour bus ride...

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August 3, 2008 – Day 3 here at the Olympics

Posted by Allen Gordon on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 with No Comments

Thank you so much to everyone who has written me such nice emails!! I really like hearing from everyone and seeing how everyone is back home.   So I’ve been here in Beijing at the Olympic Village for 3 days now.  It hasn’t been that long, but we’ve already familiarized ourselves with the layout of...

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August 1, 2008 – I’m in Beijing!

Posted by Allen Gordon on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 with No Comments

Hey Guys,   I got to Beijing yesterday afternoon.  Our flight was only 12 hours, and luckily I got to sit next to Ann so I wasn’t by myself.   We got to the village around 5pm and got taken to our apartments. Ronda, Val and I are sharing an apartment with 2 divers who are...

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July 30, 2008 – I leave tomorrow

Posted by Allen Gordon on Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 with No Comments

Hi All   I am in San Jose now.  I leave tomorrow morning for Beijing.  We have a direct flight from SFO to Beijing.  It will be a long 14 hours but I’m sure it will fun.  We just got out of team processing where we received all our apparel and took team pictures, etc. ...

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Ann and Molly win gold at San Jose Buddhist Sensei Memorial Tournament

Posted by Allen Gordon on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 with No Comments

Kid’s class instructors Ann Shiraishi and Molly O’Rourke both won gold medals this past weekend at the San Jose Buddhist Sensei Memorial Tournament . Ann fought in the -52 kg division, a step up from her usual competition weight of -48kg and won all three of her matches to take the gold medal. Molly also...

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1/12 – Kodokan Camp day 2

Posted by Allen Gordon on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 with No Comments

Hello All,   Today was a tough day, judo wise.    We woke up around 7:00 am this morning and then left for practice at 9:00am. We got to the Kodokan and there were a ton of girls. Practice was in the main hall today because there were so many girls. For the morning session we did 8-4min rounds...

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1/13 – New Year’s and Seiji-no-Hi

Posted by Allen Gordon on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 with No Comments

New Year’s celebration with the girl’s from Nichidai Hello All,   Here’s another update on what’s going on for the past couple of days.   SUNDAY   On Sunday, we were scheduled to go back to the Kodokan for day 3 of the camp, but our bodies were too tired to make it to the...

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1/15 – More intense practices

Posted by Allen Gordon on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 with No Comments

It’s about 10:30 pm on January 15, 2008.    Here’s an update on how today went.  We slowly got up this morning.  Michael came over in time to accompany us to the grocery store.  We bought more vegetables and healthy foods… and LOTS of water.  After the grocery store we came back to the apartment and...

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1/11 – Practice at the Kodokan

Posted by Allen Gordon on Sunday, January 13th, 2008 with No Comments

Hello again! It’s about 8:14 PM right now and I’m standing on the balcony trying to type REALLY fast before I lose the signal again. We just got back about 40 mintues ago from practice at the Kodokan. We had an adventure trying to get home. Practice was good. There were a lot more girls...

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