Instructional techniques by Olympian Sophie Cox

Sophie is 29 years old and hails from Rochdale, North England. As a child Sophie was involved in many sports including rugby – she is actually in the Guinness Book of Records as being one of the first ever women to play rugby league at Wembley in 1993. But it was judo that became Sophie’s…

Scared of Winning by Ivo dos Santos

Everyone in this world is scared of something. As athletes, especially combat sports athletes, we try and convince everyone (and ourselves) that we fear nothing, warrior spirit! But reality is, we are not robots, we all have imperfections, weaknesses, insecurities and fears. An aspect of this I have noticed more and more as I move…

10 reasons why you lose a Judo match

With all of the talk on the blogs, internet, books and magazines about how to win, I thought I’d take a different approach on success in the sport of Judo. I thought that instead of telling you how to win a judo match, I’d explain how to lose one. Why? Well Lord knows that I’ve…

Ippon of the week – Huge pickup

An amazing pickup during the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by Russia’s Mudranov in the -60kg weight division. It is important to note how the Russian entered for the technique. He saw his opponent was rushing in with a huge right handed top grip and so Mudranov simply went underneath the arm and slammed him…

New IJF Rules for 2014

On January 1st 2014 the International Judo Federation issued some new techniques to be applied in each and every IJF sanctioned tournament for this year. These new rules include a variety of things including new judogi regulations, 4 minute matches for women and more.Watch this video below to see the IJF breakdown of the new…

Cops Judo skills come in Handy

Sourced from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9614743/Cops-judo-skills-come-in-handy A Hamilton police officer who was attacked outside a legal highs store is a judo black belt, among the most lethal in the world. Witnesses said members of an unruly mob taunted him, calling him Jackie Chan. They didn’t know who they were dealing with. Constable Sean Choi was on the beat outside…

Cutting weight by Martin Rooney

 By Martin Rooney MHS, CSCS, PC NASM Have any of you ever watched a weight class fight in which one fighter looks far bigger and heavier than the other even though they weighed exactly the same amount the day before? Have you ever wondered how an athlete can lose 10-15 pounds in one day for a…

IJF Coaching and Referee Seminar

The International Judo Federation hosted its first Coaching and Refereeing seminar of 2014 on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 January in Malaga, Spain. IJF Hall of Famer Neil Adams as well as a few other big names got together and went through the new IJF Refereeing rules (in effect from on 1 January 2014) with…

Technical statistics from the World tour

Technical statistics from the World Judo Tour 2013   The International Judo Federation has released technical statistics from the World Judo Tour 2013 and the results were interetsing to say the least. The statistics from 37 international events were compiled by the IJF Refereeing Commission during the year and by the look of the first…