I won the AAU Judo Nationals in 1978. It was fun - and my first senior national championships gold medal. There is a point to bringing that up other than possibly giving Crystal Butts another excuse to mock me for being old.
When I heard the AAU Grand National Judo Championships were in Kansas City this year, it brought back a lot of good memories. Not only had the judo rules been much different back then, but there were a lot of good friends around - like Steve and Becky Scott.
Well, they live in Kansas City and one of their students, Kenny Brink, is now all grown up, running his own club and the national tournament.
Some of the differences in AAU Judo - well, the last time I was in Kansas City and saw the national championships here a few years ago, I think I saw two penalties given all day. The referees tend to stay out of the way and let the athletes determine who wins the match.
There are no rules against touching the legs - a double leg take down, fireman's carry (kata guruma) and similar techniques are allowed. Chokes are allowed at 11, armbars at 15 years old.
The AAU rules are a little stricter than the freestyle judo I wrote about earlier , but both rule sets are FAR more applicable to anyone who wants to compete in mixed martial arts than the current IJF rules.
Here is a link to the entry forms. I couldn't find them on-line so I uploaded them to my company website for your downloading convenience.
Here's a link to my book so you can study up on your matwork to win (-: