Grip Fighting: The First-Mover Advantage & Disadvantage In Judo

Auto Date Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Grip Fighting: The First-Mover Advantage & Disadvantage In Judo

by,

Dr. Rhadi Ferguson
2004 Olympian
Head Sensei – Tampa Florida Judo

Look, all things being equal, here’s why you should literally get YOUR grip first.

There is something that has been clearly identified in chess and in business and it also seems to hold true in the sporting world, especially in those events where time is a big determinant of the outcome as well as social influence, like that on referees and judges. That thing or phenomenon is called the “first-mover advantage.”

If you are a chess player you are probably very familiar with this concept even if you did not know that it had a name associated with it as you are familiar that in chess there are two opposing sides which are differentiated by the colors black and white. You are also aware that the white side moves first per the rules.

What you may not be familiar with is that the white side in chess has an advantage as the white side wins approximately 55 percent of the time.

Why is this?

Well, this is due to what is called first-mover advantage.
In business, Professors Greve and Seidel, who are featured in the June 2014 edition of the Harvard Business Review, of which I am a subscriber and would highly influence you to subscribe to as well, speak about this advantage from the business point of view. And in the 22 Laws of Branding, and in other books also authored by Al Ries, Mr. Ries makes it painfully clear that there is an advantage to being first — and a HUGE on at that.

Even on the elementary level we understand that the ‘early bird gets the worm’ and that does not mean that you must wake up early, but that means that you need to arrive early (first).

So, how does this apply to judo?

Well this applies to judo in all areas but more specifically in the area of grip fighting and not just in tachiwaza but also in newaza. Getting your hands on your opponent, proactively and first has an advantage in terms of the concept of tempo.

You literally have tempo advantage if you get your hands on your opponents gi first and get it in the right place.

This advantage is available to you but most people lose this advantage because they are not first and due to another phenomenon that is worst than being first.

What is worse than being first is being first BUT having your hands in the wrong place.

In Professors Greve and Seidel’s research and also in the works of Al Ries in his branding and marketing books they all purport that even if you have an inferior product, getting to the market first and in front of the public first has a significant advantage. And while it does, this particular piece of our discussion does not hold true in sport and competition.

Case in point, you can quickly lose a chess game by making an ill-advised move or worst, making a move that you did NOT recognize was going to cause you to lose tempo.

See, putting your hands in the wrong place, even if you are first in a judo match, can cause you to lose tempo and actually not create an advantage but a disadvantage. And here’s what’s scary.

As good as you are, you may not know you are doing it.
Have you ever sat back and watched two people play chess and you can see the danger that one player is about to put himself in but the player that is getting ready to make the move just can’t see it?

Of course you have.

And you may just be sitting on the side because you just lost to one of the two players competing and quite honestly are not better than them BUT you can SEE what one of them cannot see because you have a better view of the situation.

Well, that is what an increase of judo knowledge provides on the sporting side. The discipline of sport judo is so small and so myopically focused that you actually have to dive deep inside of the study of sport judo to understand some of the concepts that you just cannot get nor understand as a pure Judoka. Although the principles are exactly the same, the application is different.

I graduated from Howard University in 1997 with a degree in mechanical engineering and I understand engines, motors, rotors, mechanical systems and mechanical analysis. I UNDERSTAND it, BUT I cannot build an engine, fix an engine, do a mechanical analysis, or construct a rotor. I cannot. Why? Because I have surface level knowledge of these things. And that okay. It’s also okay for me to go to a mechanic when I need my car fixed.

And it is also okay for you to get the knowledge that you need in order to maintain the tempo of a combat sport situation like judo. I’m sure you understand that you need to “grip first” and “get your grip” because I hear many coaches around the country saying that phrase to their students. But what’s most important is knowing what grip you need to get and why.

This will allow you to get, keep and maintain your ‘first-mover advantage’ and then apply your judo techniques. Because your ‘first mover advantage’ also means that you have the advantage of being in better position to throw your opponent first as well.

Take care and grip first!!!

Dedicated to Your Improvement,
Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian

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So I Gave My Students The Challenge (and you can do it too)

Auto Date Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Last night on my way to Judo and Brazilian Jiujitsu practice at my school in Tampa, Florida I thought to myself, “How can I challenge my students to become even more fantastic than they already are?”

They work hard, make excellent grades and are bone-dog tough! So I figured the best way to challenge them is to allow them to be independent in their decisions so I challenged them with a health and wellness goal.

I said, “this weekend the challenge is to eat all fruits and vegetables and ONLY fruits and vegetables. And the people who accomplish this perfectly get prize.”

My son said, “oh, that’s easy.”

And an 18 year older in the class said to him, “no, it’s not easy at all!”

Well, after some discussion amongst themselves, everybody agreed to do it.

Then I gave the stipulations:

- No packaged fruits like fruit cocktail, apple sauce or fruits in the can. The fruits must me fresh

- You MUST each vegetables. You cannot eat fruit all day

- No vegetables out of the can

- no rice

- the challenge starts on Saturday 12am and ends on the last day at 11:59pm on Sunday

All the kids agreed and so did the parents.

Now I will repeat the challenge at Thursday’s class and see who accomplishes it.

Now I KNOW most of you reading this are not students of mine but if you want to be, if only for the weekend the join me and my students at Tampa Florida Judo. All you have to do is follow this challenge All Day SATURDAY and SUNDAY and let me know via email that you completed the challenge and I will give you a Free Prize!

That’s it!

Also if the challenge inspires you to “eat right” and you want to go a little bit further with your goals you can do what I do and eat how I eat by following the plan that I use at http://www.BodyByRhadi.com

I take on personal clients with extreme weight loss and fitness goals but not too many because it’s very time consuming and emotionally taxing. But since most people are not looking to lose 50 and 60 pounds but just 20 to 15 I direct them here so they can do it on their own – www.BodyByRhadi.com

If they need help and personal coaching then I have them contact me. If you feel that you may need some coaching, and you will know this by your ability to stick with or do the challenge, then email me or call me at 813-770-7930

Take care and have a great day!

Dedicated To Your Improvement,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian
P.S. If you need me, just call me. I don’t work for free but I will work for you.

The Daily Battle With The Scale

Auto Date Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Since I was in sports I have always been in the habit of checking
the scale.

Knowing where I was with respect to where I needed to be was
important for my athletic pursuits as well as my life pursuits.

We live in a day and age now where the scale is demonized. I have
had clients who informed me that they do not like getting on the
scale everyday and that “the scale is not a measurement of how
healthy they are.”

To which I reply, “you are correct, but you still have daily
weigh-ins. The scale in your case is not for you but for me.”

Weighing in daily has less to do with weight and more to do with
personal accountability and responsibility. ‘Checking in’
allows you to ‘check yourself’ when you need to.

I had a former client that came to me yesterday and said, “I
need your help.”

I replied, “What’s wrong?”

She said, “Well I need to have surgery and the doctor said she
will not do it until I lose 25 pounds because it may compromise my
health.”

Well, I needn’t tell you that this client fired me, gave me her
butt to kiss and all but told me to eff off!!!

She thought she was rebelling against me by putting on all the
weight that we lost.

Little did she know that she has what many people gave when it
comes to weight — a psychological block.

I told her, you sabotaged yourself. In your mind, you see yourself
as big. You see yourself as overweight. When you began to move from
the categorization of being fat and/or overweight, you panicked
because you don’t know how to be that person.

See, the success and pressure to maintain that is scary. It’s
hard. And quite honestly it not how you see yourself.

I told her, when you say “I’ve been big all my life.
I’m just big boned” — you are literally sabotaging your
success and health.

Hell, I had one client who swore up and down that if she went from
170 to 145 that she was going to look like a “crackhead.”

Getting her to lose the pounds between the weight of 152 to 145
took 8 weeks!!!!

And it was all psychological. She just couldn’t do what she
knew she was supposed to because she couldn’t
“buy-in” to 145.

Now, at 145 she feels sexy, confident and enjoys walking around her
house scantily dressed. But she had a block. A hurdle that was
tough to jump over.

Every year I take on some personal clients that have extreme needs
when it comes to weight loss coaching. I do t take on many because
the process is so brutal and emotionally taxing. And quite honestly
it is a process that involves many levels of transparency. But
there is that group of people out there who just want to lose a
cool 10, 15, or 20 pounds and all they need is a good program and
the right information.

If that’s you, the check out the program that will get you
where you want to be and educate you while you do it
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That’s the program that I use when I want to lose. It’s NOT
for everybody but it works well for me.

Regards,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian
http://www.DrRhadiFerguson.com
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10 Tips To Help The Number On The Scale To Get Unstuck

Auto Date Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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I know how difficult it is to try to get “smaller” as you
get older.

I tell people all the time that I’m in the fight of my life.

It’s the fight against obesity.

Here are some tips for that I’d like to share if you feel like
you might be a little bit stuck in this area.

*** Tip #1: Make sure you eat breakfast
Yes, I know its cliche but you need to eat breakfast.
Personally, I try to jam down about 20 to 30 grams of
protein for breakfast. You don’t have to do what I do
but eat. And when I mean eat, I mean eat FOOD, not
donuts or garbage.

*** Tip #2: Use Food As Fuel and Medicine
The best medicine that you can take every day is
food. And the worst poison that you can take
every day is food.

Food IS A DRUG. It is taken like every other
drug or medication. In quantities too low, it
can be problematic. In quantities too high, it
can be detrimental.

Make sure you understand YOUR PROPER
dosage. Just as a certain medication is prescribed
for you, take the time to get a food diary that you
can follow. Get one that is tailor made for YOU.

And please don’t say stupid sh*t like, “I know my
body.”That has to be the most ridiculous statement and
phrase ever said in the general population.
If YOU knew your body, there’d be no reason to
go to the doctor. (***sheeeesh***)

*** Tip #3: Get some fit friends

Yep, you hate ‘em but you love ‘em.

Fit people hang around fit people and fat people hang
around fat people.

If you don’t like the word FAT, I understand. I will
apologize every time I use it, but I do call those
who are fat, FAT. And I call people who are skinny,
skinny and I call people who are tall, tall and people
who are white, white. And people who are black or
brown, black or brown. So save the hyper-sensitive
sh*t for somebody else. I’m just trying to help you out
here.

So…. get yourself some fit friends. They will irk your
nerves. They will make people feel uncomfortable
by ordering in diametrical opposition of what everybody
else is ordering at dinner. They will not eat the birthday
cake at parties. You will feel like they are looking at you,
judging you, counting the calories on your plate and all
of that stuff. And, they probably are.

And they will try to change you…… And that is a good
thing because, what will it hurt to be a little more fit,
in a little better shape and to eat a little cleaner?

*** Tip #4: Before You Eat It, Make Sure You Read It

Make sure that you pick the right foods.
Make sure that you are eating the right foods at the right
time.

Also make sure that you stay around from HFCS.
If you don’t know that is….. GOOGLE IT. But by all
means, make sure you read what you are eating.
If you don’t understand what you are consuming, ask!

Ask, or whip out your phone and look it up.

*** Tip #5: Water…..DRINK Water

Okay, I’m done with this one. If you can’t understand
why this is important, then we have bigger fish to fry.

*** Tip #6: Exercise

Look!

If most women gave as much attention to exercise as
they did their hair and their nails, less health problems
would exist.

And if most men, exercised with the same intensity that
they watch sporting events or lust after the women they
see on television, they wouldn’t have a problem.

Focus…. exercise…. stay fit.

*** Tip #7: More Sex

Please, have more sex. Sex is good, it’s beneficial.

Now my religious preferences dictate that you should
be married before doing the horizontal mambo so I am
definitely speaking to the married folks when I write this.

However, I’m sure others will take the advice too due to
the health benefits.

More sex. I don’t care if you feel like it or not. A good
sex diet will benefit your overall health.

*** Tip #8: Get More Sleep

Try to get more sleep and try to make sure that when you
do go to sleep that your room is a dark as possible.

Keeping a consistent bedtime is also very good for your
health and overall wellness.

*** Tip #9: Do Something That You Love

Take a piece of paper, fold it in half. On the top of
the left side write “MORE” and on the top of the
right side write “LESS”.

List all the things in your life that you would like
more of or to do more and also all the things in the
“Less” column that you would like to do less.

IMMEDIATELY pick 2 to 3 things off of the more
list and begin to make those things happen.

Also choose 2 to 3 things off the less list and remove
them from your life as much as you possibly can.

If some of the things on the list are connected with
another participant or person, do NOT deal with it.

ONLY DEAL WITH THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN CONTROL — that way you
can make some changes immediately.

Your personal overall wellness will increase significantly
and it will also cause less “stress eating.”

Lastly………

*** Tip #10: Purge Your Pantry and Refrigerator

I don’t care how much it costs, I don’t care how much you
like it.

If the food in your home is NOT good for you…. GET RID OF IT.

Make a change — today. If you can’t do this…. well, you may
not be ready to help yourself. If you get STUCK on this, then you
may need some help to get unstuck.

If you have not registered for my tele seminar later on this
evening, April 16th on Wednesday then I would encourage you to
register now while there is still space.

www.TheHowToGetUnstuckBluePrint.com

Take care,
Rhadi Ferguson, PhD

Don’t Tax Yourself, Get Unstuck By Forgiving YOURSELF

Auto Date Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Join me on Wed. April 16th
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Hi there-

I’ve screwed up in my life BIG TIME. I’ve made mistakes,
hurt people that I had no intention of hurting, aligned myself with
the wrong people, not aligned myself with the right ones. I’ve
made some really bad decisions and some poor investments.

I’ve also tried my damnest to do things the right way and have
still had them turn out terribly wrong.

And when I am wrong, I apologize (well now I do – hey, I’m
getting better everyday THANK GOD!)

And I also used to beat myself up pretty bad too.

You know how we do sometimes. We turn our own foot around to kick
ourselves in the arse!

I used to do that and also I would be so burdened with guilt.

So much so that I was carrying around so much emotional
“weight” that I couldn’t move forward.

And this is or has happened to you too.

Stop carrying that guilt on your back. It’s too heavy and
it’s weighing down you and your progress!

It’s actually blocking you from being the BEST you possible.

It is causing you to be STUCK!

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I had to learn that, in life, perfection was a goal not a mandate!
There are moments in life that are perfect.

There are moments in life when we are perfect.

But perfection is something that you strive for not something that
you beat yourself up for.

If you are carrying around some guilt, take the time right now to
get in the mirror and say to yourself 3 times OUT LOUD, “I
love you and I forgive you!”

And let go of that burden of guilt that has you “stuck!”

Have a great day.

If you enjoyed this and know that you are stuck and just need a
little push to get unstuck or know someone who does, then please
join me on Wednesday, April 16th for my powerful teleseminar on How
To Get UNSTUCK! The 7 Things You Need To Know To Take a Your Life
To The Next Level!

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Regards,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian
http://www.TheHowToGetUnstuckBluePrint.com

Don’t forget about our appointment

Auto Date Monday, April 14th, 2014

Don’t forget our appointment on Wednesday, April 16th.

I’m looking forward to *seeing* you there.

Here’s how we can *meet*

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Please join me for the most remarkable 90 minutes that you will
experience this year as I fully expose myself and my “problem
areas” and help you get through yours!

Many of us are just not fulfilling our dreams, walking in our
calling or doing what we’ve been chosen to do because we get
stuck in a vicious cycle of comfort and conformity.

It is time to get out of that rut.

It is time to get UNSTUCK!!

It is time to get everything that life has for you!

You’ve already gone through the sh*t! Now it’s time for you
to experience some SUGAR!!

Join me on Wednesday, April 16th so that we can get you unstuck and
“sweeten” up your life!

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Regards ,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian

Have You Seen This Video Yet?

Auto Date Friday, April 4th, 2014

This is something that I should not
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ake care,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian
4-Time National Judo Champion
BJJ Black Belt
www.GripFighting.com

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Auto Date Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Hi there -

I’ve been blessed with another year of
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Take care and God Bless.

Dedicated To Your Improvement,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
www.AccurateThinking.net

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Auto Date Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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Take care,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian
4-Time National Judo Champion
BJJ Black Belt
www.GripFighting.com

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Auto Date Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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Take care,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
2004 Olympian
4-Time National Judo Champion
BJJ Black Belt
www.GripFighting.com