I thought that I’d get Naked today and fully expose myself… so here it is.
Here’s the UNADULTERATED
You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again, “The eyes can only see what the mind can comprehend.”
This morning I was up walking. I run in the morning sometimes and on some mornings after a hard run the previous day, I get up and walk. This morning while walking I was listening to one of my favorite ministers, Bishop Noel Jones.
I was having a great time walking and listening and getting myself ready for the day with some early morning devotion and while I was walking something that stopped me dead in my tracks.
He spoke about how it is very difficult for people to value a thing which they have not sacrificed for and that unfortunately when they do want it they want to either tell you how much they are willing to pay for it (which is more often than not a mere pittance of what you had to invest) or they want you to give it to them for free. What is even worse is that the thing that you are trying to give them in order to help them is the same thing that they will condemn you for having. What he basically said is that people will condemn you for trying to share your gift(s) with them and then devalue your gift because they don’t understand what it took for you to get it.
I have experienced this in many areas in my professional life and it is because I haven’t been more vigilant with my particular gifts. There is a level of information that I share and then there is another level of information which I cannot and will not share because people will not be able to respect it the way that I have and the reason why I respect it the way that I do is because I have sacrificed in order to gain it.
With that being said, this is why I provide people with an opportunity to jointly sacrifice with me by investing in products in order to gain access to the information which I have been blessed to receive and acquire. Unfortunately everything is not for everybody.
Let me say that again. EVERYTHING IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY. If a product costs too much for you, then there is no problem with the seller, nor is there a problem with you. The bottom line is that… that particular product is NOT FOR YOU. And it WILL NOT BE until you say it is.
Do You Drive A Ferrari?
For example, you can not realistically walk onto a Ferrari car lot and tell the salesperson that, “The cars here are too expensive.” The cars there are what they are. The cars are where they are supposed to be, the only problem is that YOU DON’T belong on that car lot…. At least not yet. When you create a “Ferrari-mindset”, and create a “Ferrari disposition”, and start reading “Ferrari materials” and studying Ferraris and then you will be ready to start living a “Ferrari” lifestyle. Until then, don’t hate people who drive Ferrari’s. Just watch them ride by and be happy where you are.
On Another Note
Do NOT confuse one gift over the other.
Recently someone on a website compared me to Kosei Inoue and basically said that they wouldn’t bother practicing or training the technique Morote Gari because my winning record was not as extensive or colored as Inoue’s and since Inoue practiced uchimata, that would be where he will spend the bulk of his time and where others should as well.
This comment could very well be a good approach. I wouldn’t disagree.
However, here’s the mistake. Or should I say, here’s one of the mistakes.
I was a world class judo player. I wasn’t the best in the world but I was a world class judo player. That is a fact. I wasn’t a world class judo player because I practiced judo all of my life. Because if you know my story, you know that I practiced judo from the ages of 7 to 13 and then didn’t return to judo until I was 22 and then made the Olympic Team in 6-1/2 years. Returning to judo at 22 was like starting from scratch. Any local neighborhood idiot knows that you CANNOT develop a blistering Taiotoshi or Uchimata in 6 years. The intuitive thing is to know that at 22 and to start shaping your training at that time to make the Olympic Team and to win 4 National Championships along the way.
The focus on not having an Uchimata is myopic and shortsighted at best. The focus should be on how one can do that so fast and what areas did I focus on and develop to get that good, that fast. Once you understand this, you will understand that keys to my products, my approach and how I can sit in the coaches chair and take a man who has never won a National Championship and have him beat everyone in the weight class at the Olympic Trials in one day and come from the lowest seed possible and get in the finals.
Here’s What I Found
I discovered over the years that there is more than one way to skin a cat.
At the end of the day our outlook on a situation shapes the way that we address a situation.
When it comes to judo, people believe the the objective of competitive judo is to score ippon. Nothing can be further from the truth. The objective of competitive judo is to advance to the next round by any means necessary. Well that’s how I see it. With that being said, people hire me and have hired me because they don’t have to abandon what it is that they do in order to utilize me, they can essentially just add me to their current process or allow me to help, aid, or head their preparation process. Why? Because what I bring to the table anyone can use, once they are open to look at other ways to win at judo.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
WINNING AT JUDO HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH JUDO!!! NOTHING!!
My former client and good friend, 2000 Olympian in the sport of weightlifting Cara Heads said it the best when she told me, “Rhadi, now I see what you mean. You are right. Being a good weightlifter has absolutely nothing to do with weightlifting. Nothing.”
If you are still scratching your head, then you don’t get it yet. And that is okay. Only when the student is ready will the teacher appear.
And if you understand that concept, you now have to ask yourself, “What other stuff are you talking about?”
And this is where we are and this is where I want you to be. I want you to get to the point of Socratic questioning, of a higher order and level of thinking. To the point where you realize that self-actualization and self-realization are necessary parts of growth and that your old way of thinking about sport has to die so that that the new YOU can develop.
You CAN go to the dojo everyday.
You can do uchikomi until your biceps burn, the skin wears off your feet and your lungs feel like they are on fire.
And you know what? You may just win. You may.
Or you can spend some of your time doing that and the rest of your time which will make your training time more effective by becoming a “marksman” on the mat by knowing when to pull the trigger and when not to and knowing what to target and why. And I guarantee you will win more matches. And beat everybody else that just trains the other way.
This is what many in the Judo world are missing. There many countries that have “this”. France is one of them. The United Kingdom has it in some areas. There is one person who I’ve read online on the Judo forum that understands this. Other than that, most are oblivious.
My competition record is insignificant. Most people who have coached Olympic Champions and World Championships NEVER won a World Medal or even ever made an Olympic Team. Knowing how to teach lies within knowing how to teach and what to teach.
Here’s what I Love
I really love coaching.
Right now I coach high school wrestling.
I also coached and/or consulted for 9 athletes that attended the 2008 Olympic Trials in 4 different sports!
I’ve coached and consulted for some of today’s biggest names in Mixed Martial Arts.
And I really love it. But what I like more is creating products so that I can have a massive amount of effect on a large population of people.
This is what I like. With that being said, my products are not cheap. I don’t provide anything that is cheap. I don’t think that people deserve things that are cheap. People deserve quality, they deserve great content, they deserve bargains, they deserve to be over delivered to and they deserve honesty. This is what I provide, but cheap is something that you can find on a street corner at 2:30am. I don’t have anything cheap for you and wouldn’t insult you by trying to give you something cheap.
With that being said, I am in the process of rolling out some new products in 2009 and I am going to re-release some of my previous products.
The Game Changer
The first product that I am going to re-release is Underground Gripfighting Secrets.
I’m telling you right now that if you are looking to develop your judo game and take it to another level, this is the DVD set that you want.
I’m not going to try to convince you of this. You can read the testimonials and endorsements for yourself. There is also some great video links if you do a search of Google for “judo grip fighting”.
Check them out.
February 5th 2009
Tomorrow I am going to open the flood gates for Underground Gripfighting Secrets until the 9th of February. That’s it.
Then I’m going to shut the door once again.
So look out for my email and/or blog post tomorrow about Underground Gripfighting Secrets.
Pleae be on the lookout for my email tomorrow entitled: “Underground Gripfighting Secrets Now”
Rhadi Ferguson (a.k.a. “The Judo Crusader”)
4-Time National Judo Champion
P.S. If you do not have Grip Like A World Champion, please DO NOT INVEST in Underground Gripfighting Secrets unless you are going to buy Grip Like A World Champion at the same time. You NEED to get Grip Like A World Champion in order to gain the maximum benefit from Underground Gripfighting Secrets.