2013 in review

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Updated IJF Judo Gi Rules for 2014

Breaking News: From Kodokangear
Updated IJF Judo Gi Rules for 2014

As the Distributor of ADIDAS, DANRHO and MIZUNO brand Judo gi in the United States, Kodokangear is relating the latest information from the International Judo Federation.

Recently, the IJF announced that there will be two modifications to the current IJF Gi rules that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. These two changes are as follows…

Judogi sleeves must cover up the full arm including wrist in the control position of the judogi jacket (open arms).
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The distance between the sternum top and the lapel crossing point of the jacket vertically must be less than 10cm.
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Until gi manufacturers have confirmed and produce gi to meet the new regulations. 
And because of the urgency with 2014 at our doorstep, competitors will need 
to purchase a gi with arm length that covers the wrist. Kodokangear recommends purchasing a gi minimally ½ size to 1 size bigger so the sleeves of the judo gis will 
meet the new IJF rules and regulations.

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Caring for your Judo and BJJ uniform

Caring for your Judo and BJJ uniform.

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Caring for your Judo and BJJ uniform

The manufacturers suggested care is to always wash your uniform in cold water and hang dry. Never use bleach to clean your uniform. Adhering to this method will provide you with the longest wear for your investment. Using liquid fabric softener may also reduce the life of your uniform. My favorite liquid detergent for white uniform is Tide Bleach Alternative.

Soaking in Oxiclean solution will help remove stains. One cup of baking soda in your wash will help keep your uniform white and remove odors. One cup of white vinegar in the wash will help kill mold.

Some of us have stains on the collar around the neck and shoulder cavity area. This maybe our body’s oil due to our diet of high fat contented food. I use Spray and Wash or Shout directly on the stained area before each wash. Always wash your uniform as soon as you can after practice and your uniform will always stay clean and fresh.

Washing your uniform in warm or hot water may shrink your uniform significantly unless you have a preshrunk uniform.

Drying your uniform in a dryer will also shrink your uniform unless you have a preshrunk uniform. The tumbling action in the dryer will shorten the life of your uniform significantly.

While the uniform is still wet coming out of the washer. You can stretch the sleeves by pulling or snapping on it before hang drying. This will help to keep the length of the sleeves close to the original lenght. This method applies to all manufacturer.

Emergency Situation:
Standing on one end of the sleeves and pulling straight up on the other end will help stretch the sleeves approximately an inch to two if you need to pass the measurement test. Do that immediately before stepping into the competition area.

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Adidas J930, J930s, & J930 IJF

The Adidas J930 known as the Champion in the U.S. is a stiff gi worn by competitors around the world in local and international tournament. The J930s is a slim version for those with a lean body and wants a tight fitting uniform. Like the regular J930 the J930s is made of 100% cotton, and depending on how you wash it it can shrink up to one size.

In 2010 the J930 IJF was introduced to comply with the International Judo Federation new uniform rule. The J930 IJF is identical to the J930 in cut and fit except for a 5 cm longer skirt and now the fabric is 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester for shrinkage control and durability. The J930 IJF is not available in the Slim version, at least not in the U.S.. The shrinkage on the J930 IJF is less than half a size due to the cotton blend in its material content.

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The Importance of Athletic Trainers & Sports Injury Management

The Importance of Athletic Trainers & Sports Injury Management.

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The Importance of Athletic Trainers & Sports Injury Management

Athletic Trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as health professionals who help physicians to evaluate and treat athletes and help athletes maintain peak physical fitness as well as prevent and treat injuries. They are often one of the first health care providers on the scene when the injury occurs and therefore must be able to recognize, evaluate and assess injuries and provide immediate care when necessary. They know how to prevent an injury from occurring initially, prevent further injury from occurring and prevent the recurrence of an injury.

Athletic Trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. They are also involved in the rehabilitation and reconditioning of injured athletes. They educate athletes about how to avoid placing themselves at risk for injury. They help make sport and recreation safer. Athletic Trainers advise athletes as to the proper use of athletic equipment and using protective products such as tape, bandages, ice and braces and help manage an injury.

The work of an Athletic Trainer requires frequent interaction with others, including consulting with physicians, athletes and patients to discuss and administer treatments, rehabilitation programs, injury-preventive practices and other health related issues.
Jose Bonilla, Certified Athletic Trainer at City College of San Francisco, is a familiar face at CCSF Judo tournaments and at CCSF athletic activities. He writes, “In recent years, increasing numbers of people of all ages have been heeding their health professionals; advice to get active for all the health benefits that exercise has to offer. But for some, particularly those who over do or who don’t properly train or warm up—these benefits can come at a price: sports injuries. Fortunately, most injuries can be treated effectively, and most people who suffer injuries can return to a satisfying level of physical activity after an injury. Even better, many sports injuries can be prevented if people take the proper precautions”.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services publishes a Sports Injuries brochure that states that “The term sports injury, in the broadest sense, refers to the kinds of injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accident; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warmup or stretching.

Although virtually any part of your body can be injured during sports or exercise, the term is usually reserved for injuries that involve the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, and associated tissues like cartilage.”

Excerpt from City College of San Francisco Judo Club 2008 USJF Junior National Championships Program.

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