Everything Judo and some musings about life with Shintaro Higashi and his trusty sidekick Peter Yu.
Dojo Reopening Updates
The pandemic situation in New York City is finally getting better thanks to the successful vaccine rollout, and Shintaro can finally reopen his dojos to more students. In this episode, Shintaro tells Peter how his reopening efforts have been going and how excited he is to see students back on the mat.
2021 USA Judo Youth National Championships
Shintaro recently went to the 2021 USA Judo Youth National Championships in Salt Lake City with one of his students Luka. It was a great event where he could catch up with his old Judo friends, and check the current status of US Judo, as well as its future. In this episode, Shintaro tells Peter what his experience was like at the Youth Nationals.
Q&A with Shintaro - How to Reach Out and Retain Students
One of the key elements of the success of Shintaro's gyms, KBI and Kano in Manhattan, is his success in reaching out and retaining students. In this episode, he goes into detail about how he did it and offers advice to other dojos.
Fitness for Grappling
Fitness and grappling go hand in hand. Being fit will make you a better grappler, and being a better grappler will make you fit. In this episode, Shintaro discusses some of his philosophies and routines he has about fitness for grappling with Peter.
Shintaro has had many sensei throughout his long Judo career, from his father to Jimmy Pedro. As a sensei himself now, he reflects back to all the influences his sensei have had on him as a Judoka, as well as a human being.
Heart-to-Heart With Shintaro
In Peter's absence due to his busy schedule, Shintaro goes solo and talks about vulnerable moments in his Judo career: when he was outclassed by a competitor, when he wanted to quit and when students inspired him.