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    Chasing the Dragon


    Raj Venugopal

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    Chasing the Dragon

    Post by Raj Venugopal on Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:14 pm

    Last night I hit an uchimata that felt like pure ecstasy. I can't get that feeling out of my head and body.

    Now I'm just sitting at my desk... imagining that throw... imagining my next chance to hit that high... chasing the dragon.

    Anyone else do this? I feel like the lyrics of GNR's "Mr. Brownstone."

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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by Javalina on Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:17 am

    I hit an uchimata like that about a month ago, the tsukuri was just perfect, my randori partner gasped in surprise, sweet feeling indeed Smile


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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by r12477 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:13 am

    I did that in a competition a few months ago where I transitioned from ouchi-gari into uchi-mata, threw my opponent and brought myself down ready for ne-waza, but had got an ippon for the throw. The match was over in literally 15 seconds, but I still fight myself replaying that throw at times ... and wishing that one of my mates who was watching had been able to capture it on film (although it most likely plays better through the rose-tinted glasses of recollection than the hard reality of video playback).

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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by seatea on Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:13 pm

    I love ne-waza, but man oh man, there is nothing quite like hitting that perfect throw. The drug analogy is apt.

    It also puts into perspective just how good the likes of Inoue are; I might get those throws once or twice a year against another recreational judoka, Inoue did it on the regular against the very best in the world.


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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by GregW on Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:04 pm

    I get that feeling from successful foot sweeps. I love those because they take absolutely no muscle at all. One second, uke's vertical, the next, he's horizontal and wondering how he got there.

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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by BillC on Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:27 pm

    Raj is obviously a Steely Dan fanatic ...

    I am holding the mystical sphere
    It's direct from lhasa
    Where people are rolling in the snow
    Far from the world we know

    Children we have it right here
    It's the light in my eyes
    It's perfection and grace
    It's the smile on my face

    Tonight when I chase the dragon
    The water will change to cherry wine
    And the silver will turn to gold
    Time out of mind

    Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

    - Kipling

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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by NittyRanks on Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:06 am

    This happened to me in May at the last International tournament in Grand Island NY. I hit a perfect Yoko-Otoshi into Kesa and I did not realize I even did it.


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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by hedgehogey on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:03 pm

    Raj Venugopal wrote:...felt like pure ecstasy. I can't get that feeling out of my head and body.
    ...imagining my next chance to hit that high... chasing the dragon.
    You know, in some parts "riding the dragon" means smoking some crack. Just thought y'all should know.

    Raj Venugopal

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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by Raj Venugopal on Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:07 am

    Ha ha! I knew that. Or chasing it is trying to recreate a first hit of heroin (not my bag, baby). But hopefully that was evident by my GNR reference! As for using "riding the dragon" in a sentence...
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford likes to ride the dragon.

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    Re: Chasing the Dragon

    Post by ThePieman on Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:58 pm

    Actually, chasing the Dragon is a method of smoking heroin where the heroin is spread in a line on a sheet of tin foil and lit from beneath, inhaling the smoke through a tube, the smoker follows the smoke up the line inhaling it as it is burnt hence "chasing the Dragon".

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