I’m sure life is hectic for you as it has been for me especially
with all of the the Holiday “hustle and bustle”. I’ve been
back and forth to Toys R Us and Wal-Mart more times than
I care to mention.
I spent all day yesterday over the gas grill in my backyard barbecuing
chicken and vegetables. I’m not sure how much of the chicken
and veggies are going to be eaten, but it is my job to offer some
healthy alternatives to the ham, stuffing, cakes and pies.
I WILL NOT HAVE ANY CAKES AND PIES in my home but
for some reason, people always seem to find a sweet potato
pie during the holiday season.
So with that being said, I just want to encourage you to eat
healthy during the holiday season and to remember that January
1st is not some magical date. You can and should start eating
better and exercising RIGHT NOW.
Now let me tell you what I’ve been up to.
On the 13th of December I cornered Jeff Monson for his fight
against Ricco Rodriguez. Jeff did an awesome job controlling
the fight and was able to secure yet another victory in his
Mixed Martial Arts career.
Jeff Monson and Ricco Rodriguez were the main event for
the event for the show in the Miami Airlines Arena.
Also on the card and the co-main event was Bobby Lashley’s
For those of you who do not know who Bobby Lashley is let
me tell you. Bobby Lashley is the former World Wrestling
Entertainment (WWE) and Extreme Championship Wrestling
(ECW) Heavyweight Champion.
I knew Bobby when he was still a freestyle wrestler for the
United States Army World Class Athlete Program and was
training out in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
I have been watching his WWE career and was shocked and
surprised to hear that he joined American Top Team. So
now years later we are teammates.
It was an absolute pleasure to help Bobby Lashley out in
his first MMA fight. I was able to work with him in the last
5 to 6 days and get some great work done with him in terms
of his last minute preparation. There are many things that
have to be done in the fight game and some of the things that
you just don’t see are things like coordinating and facilitating
the attendance of a chiropractor backstage so that athletes
can get adjusted before the event or communicating with
Bobby Lashley’s fiancee after she witnessed a brutal
knockout to calm her nerves and assure her that everything
is going to be okay in Bobby’s match.
There are many things that have to be managed in the
combat sports world. Being technically sound and being
in shape are only part of the preparation process.
With all that being said, Bobby had some great preparation
with his strength coach from American Top Team, Stephan.
He worked out for this fight with all the guys from American
Top Team and he was in great shape. I was glad that he
sought out my help, advice and expertise in the last couple
of days leading up to the fight because it was a pleasure
for me to work with someone of his stature in the sport of
professional wrestling as a former professional wrestling fan.
To watch Bobby Lashley warming up backstage for his
first MMA fight, which is stuff that you really never get
to see, go here….
Here’s what REALLY
Happened on the 13th
So, on the morning of the 13th, I drove from my house in
Titusville, Florida, down to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to have
an early morning session with one of my judo clients
I hopped in my car at 7am, arrived at her residence at
10am and then we immediately went grocery shopping.
Because Jeanette NEEDED to learn how to shop
and how to eat. And I had to perform an overall
physical assessment before providing her
with a strength and conditioning program.
So I also set up and appointment for Jeanette to
meet with my personal masseuse Nick Cress.
Nick works on many professional athletes and
weekend warriors. He is absolutely phenomenal
at what he does.
My session with Jeanette went from 10am to
4pm. We covered, her di-et, her strength and
conditioning program, her physical assessment, her
upcoming academic schedule and many other things
that are outside of the judo mat but have a serious
effect on judo.
To see some of the session you can go here…
Needless to say, after that session I was tired,
I had to get back on the road and shoot up to
Boca Raton, Florida, and then drive down
to Miami to go to the fights at the Miami Airlines
The evening at the Arena was over at 12:30am.
I then went to eat with my cousins that attended
the fight and drove back up to Boca Raton from
Miami, arriving at my home at 4:40 am which was
just enough time for me to take another shower,
pack my bags and head for the airport to
catch a flight to Maryland to help some of Lloyd Irvin’s
fighters prepare for an MMA event that they have
I WAS TIRED!!! (but the show must go on)
In Maryland on the
I arrive in Maryland on the 14th and begin training Mike
Easton who is fighting a gentleman by the name of
The fight will be held on the 21st of February in the Patriot
Center in Virginia and will be one of the biggest MMA
Events in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area.
Mike will be in great shape.. The only thing that I’m
really worried about is making sure that he gets plenty of
rest. Especially in the cold environment in Maryland. The
last thing that I want for him to get is an upper respiratory
infection (cold) due to the increase in training volume and
intensity. This increase must also be accompanied by an
increase in rest and recuperation. Many athletes forget this
and this is very key because a cold can put a 4 to 7 day dent
in the training program and set the whole program back to the
point where you don’t have enough chronological real estate
to get the athlete where you wanted them to be. So for those
out there who are training athletes…. please DO NOT under-
estimate the importance of REST. (I know this doesn’t come
as a great piece of advice from someone that just explained
to you how he stayed up for 24 hours, but please listen to
Working Out With
A World Champions
Without a doubt, Lloyd Irvin, is one of the best Brazilian
Jiujitsu instructors in the country. I don’t know of any
other American who has trained more Brazilian Jiujitsu
World Champions than Lloyd. There maybe one, but I
don’t know of that person.
At any given time at Lloyd Irvin’s academy you can be
on the mat with BJJ World Champions and medallists.
And I wrote that in the plural form for a reason.. because
there are sooooo many on the mat at one time. And there
are so many experts in one area of the game on the mat.
For example, there are closed guard experts, triangle
experts, half guard experts, spider guard experts and
all of the people who are experts yet, are in the process
of defining their game based upon an area. It’s like
training at 5 places inside of one place.
It is UNREAL.
Well, I had the chance to roll around with one of the best
BJJ players in the country, a young lady by the name of
Nyjah Easton. Nyjah is Mike’s younger sister and she
is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu. I have NO PROBLEM
saying that she is wayyyy better than I was as a brown
belt from a technical perspective and knows a great
deal of technique. She is very gracious, super nice,
humble and she absolutely LOVES jiujitsu.
I’ve never seen anyone who LOVES jiujitsu like she does.
I’ve known her since she was an early teenager, so to
see her now is just so funny and now she asks me every
10 minutes, “Master Rhadi…..wanna roll?”
And this ain’t no easy roll. You actually have to whup her
@$$ or she’s gonna whip yours. She’s an unbelievable
nonstop Brazilian Jiujitsu machine. If I don’t stop because
I have to instruct, hold a session or just go home, she will
NOT STOP rolling. At the end of one session, Nyjah was
kind enough to allow me to show her the adjustment I made
to the Oma Plata for judo.
Many BJJ players always ask me how I was able to get
BJJ techniques to work in judo with the limited time that
is available on the mat.
Well, the answer is… You have to kinda skip some steps
and take some well-calculated gambles which are plausible
in judo because if you mess up you can always wait or hold
on for the “matte” (stop) call.
Here is an adjustment I made to the Oma Plata.
It is one that I had to make after doing it in competition
and not being successful with the finish.
In this video you will also see the option in the top
right corner to access the counter to this move and
to see the move performed live in competition
After a couple of days out of town, I couldn’t wait to
get back home and return to my family and dissertation
Last night my son, Rufus, said that he wanted to go see
“E.T.” at 6:30pm so I drove out to Universal Studios, which
is 40 minutes away, hurried and parked and then rushed into
the park so that he could get on the ride “E.T.”
The park closes at 8pm. Which means I drove for 40 minutes
and rushed into the park, just so that my son could see “E.T.”
Daddy had been promising him “E.T.” for the last couple of
days and I had to deliver, no matter how painful it was for
me to go.
On the way back home, he was in the back seat and he got
a hold of the Vaseline jar out of his diaper bag and he commenced
to saucing himself down with the Vaseline.
He was saying, “Daddy, I want tissue.”
I wasn’t sure why. Until I turned on the light and saw my lil’
man in the back seat looking like a human glazed donut.
I wish I could have taken a picture. He was an utter mess.
I had a seminar at my home in florida where the attendees invested a measly $4997 in order fot Taraje (http://www.taraje.com) and I to spill out our guts about Judo and for them to clearly see the front end and back end of my judo blueprint, my strategic approach to fighting and for them to ask any questions they may have about judo and/or business.
We got on the mat and dissected each attendee’s game down to the lowest common denominator.
During this same weekend, I received a call from the President of the Bahamian Judo Federation and he called to say, “Thank You.”
The Bahamian Judo Team won their first medals in the Pan American Region this past weekend and the President wanted to thank me for the changes that I made in his program that allowed him to gain some immediate success while still adhering to a long-term developmental approach. His team won 3 medals at the Pan American Tournament this past weekend in Mexico and when they returned to the Bahamas, they arrived to a cheering crowd and press interviews. Their victories have kickstarted the judo program in the Bahamas and lit a new fire under the youth in the Bahamas. The President, D’Arcy Rahming, spoke to me about how children at the ages of 8 to 10 years old, walked 6 miles in order to get to practices and clinics to train for this tournament.
I had one great weekend.
That was until……..
I read probably one of the most dumbest and “stupidest” (stupidest is a word now as is conversate) things ever.
Someone wrote on some site on the internet that “Grabbing the legs is against the sport of judo.”
Of course many of you know that 2X Olympian Taraje Williams-Murray (http://www.taraje.com) and I are coming out with a new DVD on Morote Gari, which falls under the leg grabbing umbrella.
What I can’t understand is how someone can write such an uninformed statement about judo and furthermore how could they be so dumb?
Leg grabbing techniques are in the Gokyo No Waza. They exist as valid and standard techniques in judo and they are used in competition regularly and successfully.
I’m really sick and tired of this “Spirit of Judo” argument. It is like saying in legal matters that someone violated, “the Sprit of the law.”
Look, shut your hole and keep your biased, ridiculous and dumb opinions to yourself. The worst thing that you could do if you think like this is continue to allow the bias that you have to influence the next proficient user of morote gari, sukuinage, kuchiki taoshi or other leg grabbing techniques just because YOU IN ALL OF YOU LIMITED wisdom believe that everybody should do ouchi, osoto and uchimata.
I can count on 3 fingers how many times I been thrown with a harai, uchimata or ouchi gari in competition. Those techniques are the same as leg grabbing techniques. The techniques are only as good as the person doing them. And the person doing them is only as good as the amount of time that they’ve spent practicing the technique. Period.
So with that being said, please – if you run into any of these Judo Idiots today or tomorrow just make sure to pick them to go with during randori and hit them with a double leg so sweet that their “spirit of judo” leaves outta their body.
Thank you and “Long Live Leg Grabbing”
Morote Gari DVD
Forgive the tone of my written articulation. I’m very upset because my fulfillment house just sent me some DVDs which I am supposed to review and approve and they are all messed up. This severely wrecks the timeline of my Morote Gari release date, which I originally had set for December. Now I’m not sure when it will be. I have to create some new masters and send them off and then have the fulfillment house produce a couple of copies and have me review them and then have them stock a coulpe hundred sets of DVDs. This takes a little more time than one would think, especially when you add up everything else that has to be done during the day.
So, we have hit a small pothole in the road but have no fear “Ugly Judo 101: Morote Gari” will be here. Please be patient with Taraje (http://www.taraje.com) and I. We are trying to bring you the best judo training tools available.
I spent the greater part of my life doing sports and going to school. I was school and sports and sports and school. And I must say that I’ve been quite successful in school and in sports. After becoming older and more mature I realized that in sports you can actually attain and achieve better results once you start utilizing your mind more than you do your body.
As a young athlete many times you just rely on your body to get your goals accomplished. As you get older and start seeing that you body can and will fail you, you understand that your mind is your greatest asset.
Once I discovered this for myself (because it really isn’t anything new), I began to do better and better in sport. I started to beat people who were, for all intents and purposes, “better” than me.
I didn’t do this because I was stronger or because I was more athletic. I was able to do it because I was smarter.
Just so that you know my background…..
I began the sport of Judo when I was 7 years old. I continued with the sport until the age of 13 and then returned to judo at the ripe age of 23. By the time I was 25 I was an alternate for the 2000 Olympic Team and at the age of 29 I was a 2004 Olympian, a 4-Time National Judo Champion and one of the fastest success stories in judo.
I was on the front page of the Washington Post…
In many magazines and more.
The question that I always get asked is, “How did you do it?”
Well, I applied the Systems Theory more specifically the process System Dynamics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_dynamics) to Judo. And with that I have been able to apply that theory to all of my training and preparation processes.
Now this DOES NOT ensure victory but it does guarantee that you will be prepared as possible in order to be successful.
My system and my ability to apply it to many areas of the preparation process is the reason why I have been able to consult for the Bahamian Judo Federation and help them secure their first Pan American Championship Medal in Judo ever this past weekend.
How did I do that?
Well, I showed them how to implement a system. And if you know System Dynamics you understand that the development of THE JUDO SYSTEM never stops. So you NEVER run out of areas or ways to improve.
My system and my ability to apply it to judo allowed me to look out at the athletes on the mat at the Olympic Trials and see 6 Judo athletes that I either coached or consulted for during the trials.
Now please understand this….. NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN MY COMPLETE SYSTEM, not even Taraje Williams-Murray, until this past weekend.
And I can ASSURE YOU that the $4997.00 price tag my Judo System Seminar was cheap in comparison to what the attendees learned and received during the 30 hours that they were with Taraje and I.
I would love to explain to you what we went over, but I cannot and will not disclose the information and the attendees have also been sworn to secrecy (and a non-disclosure agreement).
I can tell you this.
We had more fun and learned more from EACH other than you could ever believe.
We even had some special guests show up.
Special Guest #1
2007 World Team Member and Multiple Time National Champion, Jeanette Rodriguez from Kitsusai Judo Club decided to come through on the last day of the seminar and allow my clients to fire some questions away at her. They were shocked and surprised by some of her answers and she provided a “practical view” of the judo game for them. It was great to have her there because she began judo in 2004 and became the number one player in the country in less than four years.
Special Guest #2
A good friend of mine and former World Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Lashley stopped by to say have lunch and tell some pretty funny stories about the WWE. He even showed me how to properly deliver a punch and explain how to take a “shot” (a fake hit to the face, that ain’t so fake at all).
The last time I talked to Bobby was at the Olympic Training Center when he was training as a freestyle wrestler. It was good to sit down and rap with him again and The Judo System Attendees thought he was the coolest guy ever. They were surprised that he was so laid back and with his willingness to take his time and share his stories.
As you know, I really like keeping my groups small, if at all possible, so that people can learn as much as possible and really get everything that they need from the learning experience. So all together, there were 3 people that attended the seminar in Boca Raton at my home with my personal chef and they loved it. Here’s what they had to say about The Judo System Seminar:
I want to implore all of you to explore the world that Rhadi offered all of us who attended his seminar this weekend. In every world we experience, there is always a beneficial perspective to be offered. In the political world there are many perspectives. In the the coaching world, there is also a kind of variance. In the political world, whether you’re a Repulbican or Democrat, the goal is to influence your political situation. In coaching, the goal is to have your athlete’s success. Whatever it may be, you always want to respect the idea that in every world there are multiple ways of accomplishing the same goal. After all, the Ju in Judo implies flexibility, the idea that there are many ways to solve your situations. In your ethical life, you can probably think of all the ways that it takes to be a good person, or a good father, or a good husband. Learning from Rhadi is no different. You are getting a perspective on how a serious, professional and experienced athlete can use conceptual, theoretical and philosophical tools to better himself as a judo professional.
The fool will ask some of the following questions regarding the judo seminar, and in these questions you will find an arrogance that shows a losing attitude:
What does Rhadi know, anyway?
What could he offer me, he didn’t win anything at the Olympics or World Championships?
Why would I pay for something like that when he’s never really accomplished anything?
The answer is NOT that Rhadi really knows and has accomplished something or that the Olympics or World Championships are difficult for anyone to accomplish and so you should forgive his inability to get said medals. The answer is found by asking better questions. The question that a loser should be asking himself or herself is: Has anything I’ve done in Judo in the past four years allowed me to get better enough to achieve my goals and have success and can Rhadi get me there?
The fact that Rhadi did not win one of the greatest medals in the sport is no reason to suppose that he has not as much or more to offer you than someone who has. If you follow other professional sports, you know that the greatest athletes don’t always make the greatest coaches. Great coaches and instructors have nothing to do with the quality of play of the person instructing. Those two things are mutually exclusive; it has to do with his or her ability to convey information that is palatable to the student. Rhadi does that. In this seminar, Rhadi, along with Taraje Williams-Murray gave me an opportunity to get better. That opportunity is worth the cost of admission and they delivered on their promises to provide match strategy, game plan, blue print for career development and answer any and all questions about their careers. Thank you both for providing such a quality product, one that I will sing the praises of for years to come.
This year’s seminar was a blast and I can tell you right now that in 2009 for The Judo System Seminar, I am only accepting 3 People. THAT’S IT!!
And just like this year, there will be an application process to ensure the people in the room are individuals who really want to learn and benefit from the knowledge being provided.
Take care and keep your eyes peeled for “Ugly Judo 101: Morote Gari”
4-Time National Judo Champion
Well, we have some great news about The Power Sleeves.
The great news is…..
We are getting more in stock and they will hopefully arrive in the next 2 days :-/
The even better news is that we sold out of everything that we had in inventory in the first 48 hours.
Why is this good?
Well, it’s good because there was a time when judo players thought that all you needed to do in order to get better is to do judo and now with all of the sports science knowledge and cutting edge training practices and information that exists in today’s ultra-information society, we know that this school of thought just is not true.
And you understand that as well; and that means that OUR SPORT is growing and that we are affecting growth not only at the elite level but at the grassroots level as well.
And we are sure that you know that an elite level program cannot exist without a good grassroots level program. So with that being said…
If you are a coach and/or player and you are looking at making some great strides in terms of your judo, sambo, bjj, or traditional jiujitsu development, well, the Power Sleeves can aid you in your pursuits.
Lastly, if you have purchased the Power Sleeves and have not received your as of yet, please be patient with us as we are working diligently to get you the newest and best gi training tool in the world today.
Thank you for your patronage and please spread the word.
I just wanted to provide you with another piece
of competition footage so that you can see that Morote Gari
is most certainly a very plausible and valid technique that
you should study (even, if you decide that it is not a technique
that you will use).
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO
I’ve studied uchimata and fortunately I’ve never been thrown
with it in competition. I have been popped with Harai Goshi
once but that’s it. But I can tell you this…. I studied uchimata
because as a pickup specialist, you have to study the throws
which are a threat and an opportunity for you to perform your
So that means that even if you are a traditionalist, you MUST
study the non-traditional throws and techniques. Even Japan
knows this and they travel to europe many times to understand this.
If you’ve read Yamashita’s book you will read where he even
studied and practiced the Russian Art of Sambo because he
knew the benefit of expanding the breadth and depth of his
judo knowledge. I would encourage you to do the same.
Whether you agree or disagree with the use of Morote Gari,
you have to respect it, because there are people who have
shaped their games and strategy around this technique.
Judo Is Changing
For those of you who don’t know the sport of Judo is changing.
The way that one has to qualify for the Olympics is totally different
than it used to be. Now you must get points throughout the whole
4 year cycle and a country does not qualify the division -
AN INDIVIDUAL DOES.
*** What does this mean? ***
This means, conceptually, that countries like the United States
have to basically pick and identify early in the Olympic Preparation
process who they are going to spend and invest their money on.
More specifically, who they are going to send to tournaments and
who they are not going to send to international tournaments.
And furthermore, they are going to have to choose who they are
going to send to use the international tournaments spots.
*** What does THIS MEAN? ***
This means that NOW in order for many people to gain experience
you will have to do one or a combination of the following:
(1) Train internationally on your own dime (which is very difficult
because usually your National Governing Body has to approve this)
(2) Surround yourself with the best trainers and players inside
of your country (which is difficult. Europe has a distinct ad-van-tage
here because you can travel to another country and experience
another style by hopping on a train and traveling for two hours)
(3) Find the best information possible that will prepare you for
international competition and allow you to grow through education.
Because I UNDERSTAND THIS and I know the monetary and financial
hurdles of today’s judo player, I offer products which are essentially
distance learning tools which can allow you to enter into competitions
as a better prepared judo player.
Back in the day I used to watch a cartoon show called GI Joe and every
time before the show ended he would end with this motto
“And Knowing Is Half The Battle”
This means that products like the ones that I have produced and
created will in actuality allow you to KNOW what you are getting
Just think about how much more some of you know about gripping,
game planning, match preparation, match structure, physical
preparation, mental conditioning and injury management that you
didn’t know before.
You are better off.
Because you allowed me to pay the hefty cost and offer you a
comparable experience for a fraction of the cost and without the
pain and suffering That’s it certainly beneficial.
So….. in the next couple of weeks, I certainly hope that you will
take advantage of another great opportunity with the release of
the new DVD which I collaborated with Taraje Williams-Murray
upon entitled “Ugly Judo 101: Morote Gari”
To get more information about this video and to be assured that
you will receive the “First Notice” and special pricing, please
visit >>>> http://www.MoroteGari.com <<<<<
Take care and please keep your eyes and ears open for the future
release of “Ugly Judo 101: Morote Gari”
My Unbridled Confession
I have no shame or hesitation in letting people know
that my favorite judo players of all time are Robert
Van De Walle and Kate Howey. I am truly a fan of Jimmy
Pedro, Nicolas Gill, Eddie Liddie, Mike Swain and
Jason Morris as I was an American Judo Player and
these players are North American and were heroes in
some respect during my judo career and helped shape
my game and/or gamesmanship substantially.
There is nothing like perfect timing, setup, implementation
and execution of the technique Morote Gari.
KATE HOWEY HERE….
I know, I know.
Some people are fans of uchimata.
Some people love Osoto Gari, but me??
I absolutely love the technique Morote Gari. Now, mind you,
I also dig sukuinage, teguruma, kuchiki taoshi and other
throws as well, but I absolutely love Morote Gari.
Well Morote Gari more than any other throws does a
couple of things:
First, Morote Gari makes a statements.
Secondly, Morote Gari allows your opponent to actually think
and believe that you got lucky (which always makes me chuckles,
because I guess you don’t get lucky with Osoto but you do get
lucky with Morote Gari)
Thirdly, Morote Gari has an intimidation factor, a wow
factor and a CAUTION factor that works on all onlookers
and awaiting and would be opponents.
Fourth, Morote Gari makes your opponent change their
style of play and doesn’t allow them to be overly aggressive.
I’ve spent years on developing and perfecting Morote Gari
and I’ve been successful in some respects and unsuccessful
in others just like many other people who have their tokuiwaza
(favorite technique), but the one thing that I do know how to
do it, the tricks and tips to make it work and how to teach
it to other people.
And the great thing is that although I have my information
about it, I still study how others pull it off.
This is the most important thing because even though you
may think that you know about a technique, you can always
learn something new about it.
What I Learned
Case in point, in the new “Ugly Judo 101: Morote Gari”
DVD, 2X Olympian Taraje Williams-Murray clearly points
out and identifies some ways to perform Morote Gari,
Defend Morote Gari and Finish Morote Gari that I would
have never imagined due to my style of play and my style
of Morote Gari being different. But his stuff is good and
I’ve put some things that I’ve learned from him in my mental
library and I’m sure that he’s done the same.
Also, I have seen many clips on the internet about Morote
Gari and quite honestly many of them are DEAD FREAKIN WRONG.
From how to do it to how to defend it.
But…. There are some videos out there that are correct.
But the bottom line is this. It doesn’t matter if they are
right or wrong. The 100% no charge (phree) information on the
Internet is great. If for no other reason, you can watch it
and try it and if it works, then GREAT! If it doesn’t work,
then you still watched some video, tried to implement something,
tried something new, opened up your mind, and learned what
doesn’t work for you. And that too is GREAT!
I’m all about learning and I applaud people for sharing their
information whether it is correct or incorrect or sound or not
sound because at the end of the day, their hearts are in
the right place.
And that is also GREAT!
But the advice that Taraje and I have to share about Morote Gari
isn’t (FR-EE) and therefore we had to make sure that is was
‘right and tight’ and that is was good.
We covered the ins-and-outs of Morote Gari and how to train
it for over 2 hours and whittle our 2 Disc Set down to 90 Minutes
of nothing but Morote Gari.
Now I’m sure somebody is asking…..
“90 Minutes on nothing but Morote Gari?”
“We’ve been training this
technique for 2 years”
As many of you know, I am a Judo Consultant for the Bahamian Judo
Federation. Well, while working, I was on the phone with a
gentleman by the name of D’Arcy Rahming.
D’Arcy is the President of the Bahamian Judo Federation and
he recently attended a tournament overseas (the name of the
country slips my mind but I think its Thailand) and he spoke
with the coach of Tuvshinbayar Naidan the 2008 Olympic Gold
Medalist from Mongolia. D’Arcy asked his coach about Morote
Gari and the coach told D’Arcy that they have been working
on Morote Gari for the last 2 years!
Now if they have been working on it for the last two years,
you can bet that Taraje and I have 90 minutes of information
rich video to provide to you.
When will the “Ugly Judo
101: Morote Gari” DVD
Well quite honestly, Taraje and I wanted to release the DVD in
November, but we ran into some time constraints with my
dissertation, faulty DVDs, and some software issues.
Today I have a copy of the DVDs in my possession and one of the discs
has 3 major skips in it. This happens sometimes. And you have
to have 2 blemish-free Master Copies of your DVDs. One for the
fulfillment house and one for your possession just in case something
So we don’t have that yet.
But rest assure that no one has and no one will come out with
a more definitive work on Morote Gari and how to it from start
to finish, how to train it, and clearly explain the strategy
and tactics behind using this technique…… NOBODY.
In the next week or two, Taraje and I are going to provide a
“sneak peak” of the DVD for the public to see.
At that time you’ll know that the release date is coming very soon.
Rhadi Ferguson (a.k.a. “The Judo Crusader”)
4-Time National Judo Champion
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