Many of you know that I have a hectic schedule. In the past 6 months, I’ve taken several trips to the Bahamas as a Consultant, Coach and Technical Advisor for the Bahamian Judo Federation.
I’ve been working with some of the top Mixed Martial Artists in the fight game today.
I’ve been on the mat with some of the best Judo players in the World recently and now I’m pondering if I want to jump in the cage in 2010.
Not sure, gotta see. (wink, wink). Fighting, is easy. It’s the training that’s hard. I’m not sure if I want to train hard again. I’ll give it a go and see how I feel.
I can’t lie and say that I wasn’t inspired by Herschel Walker this weekend in Strikeforce.
Here’s the bottom line.
We all KNOW THAT Herschel Walker didn’t fight the best of the best. But that wasn’t the point. The point was that there was a 47 year old man in the ring who trained for 12 weeks, whose body would put ALL OF US TO SHAME, who had the “balls” to jump inside of the cage in front of millions of people and put his reputation on the line. And he DID NOT HAVE TO.
Herschel donated his ENTIRE winnings to charity.
My hat goes off to Herschel Walker. If he never fights again. He’s still the man in my book.
I’m not going to “hate” on Herschel Walker because he had a good manager who looked out for him and made sure he had a good opponent. That’s smart. That’s what management and agents are SUPPOSED to do. They are supposed to look out for their clients.
Okay, Now Here’s the
I was having a conversation after Strikeforce with a prominent fighter who said, “I don’t need to train in the gi. I do MMA.”
I laughed at him because MOST OF THE fighters with the best submission records come from a background in the gi. They can choose or not choose to fight in the gi while they prepare for MMA, but in the beginning, the trained in the gi.
And…..those that got good without the gi, got good by training with a bunch of people who had QUALITY gi training backgrounds. GOTCHA!!!! *wink* (that’s for those people who want to cite Jeff Monson as a reference for not training in the gi or Josh Barnett).
I tried to explain to him the benefits of the gi and he didn’t want to hear it.
It’s kind of silly that people don’t understand.
MY JUDO TECHNIQUE DOES NOT DISAPPEAR BECAUSE THE GI DOES!! LOL
Just like BJJ technique does not disappear because the gi does.
What it does is allows you to practice in an environment where your mistakes have to be minimized because the payment for such mistakes is higher than with no gi.
I’m reading a book now that covers this point clearly. The title of the book is “Slow Practice Will Get You There Faster”
You see, practicing slow is actually very key to being able to perform moves proficiently and fast. And there are some technique which are done in no gi and MMA that actually require a gi to practice them at slow speeds. (If you are scratching your head here, that’s good. You aren’t supposed to be able to know everything I’m talking about. If you did, I’d be of no use to you.) LOL
Just kidding…. But on a serious note. I found this out from Dustin Denes. While practicing with him and learning from him I discovered this key point.
I also discovered this while training with one of the best ground technicians in the sport of Judo, Jimmy Pedro.
As a matter of fact…….
Jimmy Pedro’s Newaza
As a matter of fact, I’ve been working on and with Jimmy Pedro diligently for the last year in creating, developing, structuring and implementing a quality newaza coaching program with a quality system of deliverability to all of those interested.
For those of you who DO NOT know who Jimmy Pedro is…. He is THE MOST decorated Judo player in United States History. He is a 4-Time Olympian, 2-Time Olympic Bronze Medalist, 1999 World Judo Champion, a member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame and he has earned more honors and awards that we have time to mention right now.
He’s absolutely amazing. He was also the Head Coach for the 2009 World Judo Championships for Bahamas and upon retiring, he created some of the best coaching and teaching material for Judo Players and gi grapplers in the world.
Are the best and most comprehensive on the art of gripfighting.
And now, he’s addressing one of the greatest needs in the sport today….. NEWAZA.
In 13 more days, the Jimmy Pedro Newaza Coaching Program will launch.
Why 13 more days? Well….. that’s one of my favorite days of the year.. That’s Valentines Day!
So on Valentine’s Day, we will share our love for the sport of judo and the art of grappling in the gi and launch the Jimmy Pedro Newaza Coaching Program.
The programmers and developers are still in the final stages of finishing the video delivery system. I was informed that this would be finished and ready for FULL TESTING by the end of this week.
So February 14th is the day.
If you have any questions about the Newaza Coaching Program please email me at email@example.com and I’ll answer any questions that you have.
Please take this time to prepare yourself for the one and only online judo coaching program that will launch your groundwork game in the next stratosphere!
See you on Valentines Day!
Rhadi Ferguson, Ph.D., CSCS
P.S. If you want to “cheat” and take a sneak peak at the site.. (even THOUGH IT IS NOT FINISHED YET!!) all you have to do is Google “Jimmy Pedro Newaza Coaching Program”
P.P.S. There WILL BE a bonus for those who are the “fast acters”. You’ll see this on the 14th.