• 10.2.09

    Exclusive Interview with Roy, Star of Dog Judo

    Roy, star of Dog Judo, recently sat down with the blog editor for an exclusive chat at the dojo. Roy was generous enough to spare some time from his busy Judo training schedule to fill us in about Rexley's latest antics, his Olympic Judo dreams, and what's next in store for the canine martial arts pair.

    To read the full interview, click ahead. Roy and Rexley

    I see you have a black belt in Judo - that is very impressive. How long have you been studying Judo?
    People always ask me how long I've been studying Judo. But the question should be 'How hard have you been studying Judo.'

    I haven't actually been studying very hard lately, but that's not my fault.

    What are the benefits of Judo?
    Judo benefits the body and mind. It helps in every aspect of life. It opens the mind and keeps the body supple.

    It is also very helpful for throwing people to the floor in emergencies. (Only appropriate emergencies though of course.

    Who would you say is better at Judo, you or Rexley?
    In answer to the question, 'Who is better at Judo, me or Rexley', I'll let you know what he was doing when I left the house...

    He was using his robot to help him push the fish tank over.

    Is that the actions of a true Judoist?

    Is Rexley your best mate? How long have you known him?
    I thought these questions were primarily going to be about proper judo, like the one man Judo show I've been developing and am looking for funding for - not all about Rexley.

    Last night Rexley scraped brown sweetcorn onto my face while I was asleep - and you want to talk about someone like that!

    What kind of breed of dog are you and Rexley?
    I'm an actual dog, and he's more like a fire damaged mouse.

    What advice do you have for other dogs that want to study Judo?
    The most important piece of advice I can give is get a Judo suit that fits.

    I spent the first two years of my Judo life in a suit that didn't fit properly - so I thought Judo was the art of not being able to breathe properly or move much.

    Are you and Rexley training to compete in the Olympics?
    I have been constantly overlooked for the Olympic Judo team and have never once been selected for the national squad throughout my whole Judo career. It's getting to the extent that I am considering handing in my resignation from all future Olympic events, to show them my dignity.

    Rexley is more positive on his chances than me, but that's because he literally doesn't understand the word 'disqualification.'

    He's working on a three metre long 'Judo Laser' at the moment to help persuade the judges he's their man. It's better than the asbestos cannon he developed for the Barcelona Olympics. But it will end in disqualification.

    What do you do when you're not training in Judo?
    I watch a lot of Judo TV and read lots of Judo Books. My favourite is by Dr Smackero Nakata.

    Smackero was the man that got the J in Judo officially capitalised.

    Before him it was a small j (not smaller than the other letters though - the 'udo' wasn't bigger than the j. But that doesn't take anything away from his achievement.)

    Do you think we will ever see Cat Karate? If so, who would win?
    It's a bit of a clich'e for someone like me to dislike cats, so I try not to do it.

    I do very much dislike cats though, and that is that.

    The outcome in a bout is obvious - the cat gets thrown on the floor every time (unless maybe it's one of those big jungle cats.)

    As earnest fans, we are eagerly awaiting your next episode. What can we expect in the next installment of Dog Judo?
    The next episode sees one of Rexley's despicable inventions interfere with my dignity as a Judoist.

    He built a robotic Judo judge. It could have been a really good idea, but he made it stupid.

    All the best to you.

    Keep up the proper Judo.



    Dog Judo is an original creation by animation hot shop 12foot6.
    To read more about Roy's musings and happenings, check out his dog blog.
    Watch a new Dog Judo episode every other Thursday, next episode October 29th!

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