Judo cutline


It is tradition in Judo for the Sensei to throw each student for the first time at their new belt grade. Above, Sensei Randy Ball welcomes a student to the yellow belt. Left, Sensei Gordon Witherspoon bows to a newly belted orange student, before the ceremonial throw, as Sensei Ball looks on. The throw at a Judo grading ceremony is rooted in a deep sense of tradition and respect, said Sensei Witherspoon. -Submitted photos