Archive for June, 2010

The Biggest thing…..

Auto Date Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Good morning world!

I’ve been up since 4:20am this morning. Getting ready for the 5am training session with the team from the Bahamas. We had a good one. The first of 4 for the day.

We will train again at 10am and then again at 3:30, but the 3:30 session will be a film session and then again in the evening at 7pm.

Things are going well. The kids just have so much to learn….Heck, we all do. But they are doing great.

The Biggest Thing

The biggest thing that I am noticing is this….. some of these kids have a great life.

I mean great.

There personal struggles haven’t been great. Nor should they. As a parent, you want to make sure that your children have things better than you did. It’s not your desire for things to be super difficult for them, thus as a good parent, you also KNOW that they NEED to experience some difficult and trying situations for the development of a well-rounded individual. Thus, you provide them with a sharpening stone….. a Dr. Ferguson :-) or a sport such as Judo, Football, Wrestling, Hockey, Swimming, etc.

Through these experiences a certain level of, not toughness, but RESPECT is developed for the PROCESS OF EXCELLENCE, not excellence itself.

Excellence is a process. It is a tenet, a principle, a way of life. The process of being excellent and being an exemplar is really what we are teaching in the Bahamas. Judo is at the forefront, only in name. What we are teaching are life skills. Medals are won and lost. And quite honestly, there is a great deal of chance that goes into winning. But the one thing that WE cannot chance, is the development of character and quality citizenship. That is not an option. That must get done.

These children will be someone’s wife, husband, father, mother, aunt, uncle, caretaker and overseer one day and we must make sure that the experiences that they receive in this process can and will help them in the their future existence as well and their long, intermediate and short term athletic pursuits.

This the biggest thing and quite honestly the MOST important thing I do as a coach. Coaching for me happens on 2 levels. Within the sport and without the sport.

Simply put, you need to know how to govern yourself and win, WITHIN the sport and you need to know how to do the same in life, WITHOUT the sport.

What we’ve been

We’ve been doing some base level conditioning work, but the bulk of our time is spent on technique, technical development and the understanding of the anatomy of a judo match and creating a strategic framework for action (gameplan).

We have been spending a lot of time on gripping, grip fighting, grip tactics and gripping strategy and really covering the importance of proper hand invocation and hand placement There have been many “aha” moments while watching video. Especially when the kids go back and watch “Underground Grip Fighting Secrets” for a third and fourth time. They start saying things like, “That’s what Flavio Canto was doing” or “yeah! That what the guy from Japan was doing in the match in Sydney.” They are picking up information fast and making an attempt to implement it. It takes time, but we are getting there……….one radori (sparring) session at a time.

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Take care and we’ll rap later.

Dedicated to your Improvement,

Rhadi Ferguson, Ph.D., CSCS
2004 Olympics
4-Time National Judo Champion

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World BJJ Champion Exposes One Of His Team’s SECRET Weapons

Auto Date Monday, June 14th, 2010


I remember when I was growing up and watching Batman….. yes… I like Batman.

And I’ll tell you why.

Sometimes the stuff Superman did was just too…..well…. too “SUPER”.

It was unbelievable, not real. But my man Batman, well, Batman was a regular dude that really used his brain and his tricks

and know-how to beat the bad guys.

I liked that.

So, as I was saying… I remember when I was growing up and watching Batman and I’d see him pull some weapons out of his tool

belt or push a button on his “Batmobile” car and make some type of secret weapon come out.

I used to really dig that because it really showed me that sometimes you have to have a “secret” weapon in your arsenal, but

hidden from plain view.

Well, that’s what many martial artists have.

My first BJJ coach, friend and mentor of sorts, Lloyd Irvin posted a video the other day where he shared one of the secrets

to his teams successes in Brazilian Jiujitsu Competitions.

You’ll be surprised by what you hear……

Lloyd Irvin EXPOSES
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Secret Weapons

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Listen, I’d love to “sell” you on this program, but here’s the bottom line. Some people want to be good, some want to be

great, some want to be average and some want to be stubborn and silly. Man, I’m only here to help and share. If you want to

excel. I’m here if you want to have someone to help guide your career, I’m here.

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On Another Note

Make sure you are following me on Facebook.

The Bahamian National Team is in town for 2 weeks and we are training 3-4 times a day and are really getting after it.

Make sure you follow me so that you can get a bird’s eye view of some elite level training.

Take care,

Dr. Rhadi Ferguson

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Judo’s Biggest Secret Exposed

Auto Date Friday, June 11th, 2010

Read below first

Listen up!

They are pissed!

The judo community is upset with me because I’m exposing the secret of
how the good beat the average.

Some people try to discredit the existence of “specialized knowledge” in judo.

Some people think they”know this stuff already”.

Some people think the gripping and gripfighting is jusr “negative judo”

And some people just, honestly, don’t know what in heck to think, but
they don’t like it just because its trying to be “sold” to them.

Here’s the real deal.

You can practice judo ALL of your life and if nobody EVER explains the
game of judo to you like Jimmy Pedro and I do in Underground
Gripfighting Secrets, the the truth of the matter is this…. You HAVE
little to no hope of becoming great.

Nobody, and I mean Nobody, EVER takes the time to explain, teach,
dissect, breakdown and illustrate the game of grippong like this.

If you want your judo game to “tip” you must learn how to GRIP!

Take care,

Rhadi Ferguson, Ph.D., CSCS

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Auto Date Thursday, June 10th, 2010

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Take care and have a great day!

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How To Make Your Judo Game “Tip”

Auto Date Tuesday, June 8th, 2010


Often times the solution to a problem lies outside of the problem itself. Thus the expression, “thinking outside the box.”

When we were presented with problems in our youth, more often than not, the answer was within the problem or in plain view. Case in point, if were asked a question in science class, the answer was usually in the text somewhere.

As we got older, the answers were not as readily available and the solutions required skills which were categorized as “Critical Thinking “Skills.”

As we matured some of us became “critical thinkers”, others “abstract thinkers”, others out of the box thinkers were/are categorized as “rebels”, “renegades” and “crazy.”

The truth of the matter is this…. perspective is everything and until you can look at a “problem” differently than you do currently, you may never find the solution.

Let’s Use BP For
An Example

The company British Petroleum, also known as “BP” has a problem. There’s an issue which they don’t have an answer for.

And the “thinkers” who are in position and are having a problem coming up with a solution.


Is there no solution?

Of course there is. The problem is this…. THE RIGHT THINKER has yet to present himself (herself).

See, some people are ill-equipped to make radical changes and to make a huge impact on the lives of others.

Case In Point

Just recently, a good friend of mine, Lloyd Irvin became the first and only American to win a team category at the Brazilian Jiujitsu World Championships.

He has, arguably, the best childrens program in the World when is comes to Brazilian Jiujitsu and is a pioneer in the sport.

He took the old way of doing Brazilian Jiujitsu AND DID NOT ACCEPT IT!!!


From day one HE NEVER accepted the myth that getting a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu takes 8-10 years.  That isn’t written down anywhere, it’s not law, and he never subscribed to it.

He questioned the status quo.

He question it, destroyed it and then TRIED to share it.

While trying to share it, people talked S–T!!!!


Because that’s what people do.

He went on to Win the World Championships….. with his methods.

He went on to develop some of the best BJJ products…. with his methods.

He trained Olympians, World and National Champions…. with his methods…

and guess what?

He developed the best Juvenile Brazilian Jiujitsu Team in the World in 2010… with his methods.



A problem DOES

In some conversational circles people want to say, “There’s no such thing as a problem. Problem are only opportunities.”




A problem needs to be solved and reconciled.

An opportunity can be passed up or taken advantage of.

Now, if your SOLUTION becomes an Opportunity, then so be it.

Which  provides the logical statement.

All Problems have a solution. Solutions can be opportunities. But all problems do not equal opportunities.

Why is this important.

Well, it’s important because your definition of a thing and how you mentally reconcile it, is a huge determining factor of your success.

If you are caught in an armbar…. THAT, my friend is a problem. If you get out. Great. If you get out and can capitalize excellent, but first you need to address the problem.

As I said or hinted to before….. the answer to a problem may, indeed exists outside of the problem.

And more often it does.

How Did I Fix My Judo

Well, first I identified it as a “Problem”. Then as any engineering major would do…. I classified and identified the “Givens” in the Problem. And  then I made some intelligent assumptions.

After doing that I analyzed the current data available. Some similar solutions and how they were figured out and then I started brainstorming.  Just coming up with some radical, off-the-wall stuf. No idea or option was right or wrong. I just had to get it out. Write it down.

Then I began to observe. I went to different places, different schools and STUDIED DIFFERENT ARTS. Not just martial arts, but arts. Ballet, wrestling, tap dancing, FENCING, chi-na, sambo, Judo, Kurash, Sumo, football, weight lifting, etc.,

I located a couple of “central themes” and a located a “golden thread” that wove the arts together.

Oh yeah, one more thing…. I READ A LOT OF BRUCE LEE’S STUFF.  A LOT OF IT.

Then I actually understood, that the answers to my judo problems actually existed OUTSIDE of judo.

You can practice judo until you are “blue in the face”. That’s NOT going to make you a better judo player.

What will make you better is defining what you are and what you are trying to accomplish.


If you want to be A GOOD JUDO COMPETITOR….. welll

there’s one way to make your Judo game tip for sure!

How To Tip

In 2000, author Malcolm Gladwell penned a text entitled “Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference”

He explained how things can begin to ‘tip’ and spin out of control and grow exponentially. Well, that’s what my judo game did once I learned how to grip fight. And all of the things that go along with it, like the understanding of pace, tempo, etc.,.

When I learned how to grip, my Judo game tipped, without the addition of any extra “judo”.

Gripping is a skill that is actually separate from, but also included in judo. Once I figured this out, I  became a better player and once I studied it my coaching skill increased exponentially.

Then not only did I learn it, but I learned how to teach and now teach it better than most persons on the planet.

And that’s not an arrogant statement…. that’s just the confidence that I’ve developed from hours and hours of study and instruction.


And I want you to do it right away.

I want you to take radical and aggressive action in figuring out your judo problems.

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Take care,

Rhadi Ferguson, Ph.D., CSCS
BJJ Black Belt
World Class Strength Coach