Unfortunately, there were no decent judo programs in my area, and my parents couldn’t afford private lessons, so my judo career was essentially over before it really got started.
Oddly enough, I didn’t get back into judo until I graduated from college in the late-90s. Though I totally enjoyed getting back into it and found myself intrigued by competition-level judo, I also realized something…
I knew absolutely NOTHING about competition-level judo.
I didn’t even have any clue of where to start!
My knowledge, tools, resources, and budget were all incredibly limited. But even worse, I didn't even know what I didn't know…. If that makes any sense at all.
I was literally walking in the dark when it came to becoming familiar with the world of competitive judo.
Then I watched Jimmy Pedro win the Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996.
That moment changed everything for me.
Chances are that you are here because you were right where I was at one point in time.
I learned just enough grip fighting to be “dangerous” but not enough to be “lethal.”
Enough to beat some good people, but not enough to be the best people.
Enough to stop losing as much, but not enough to win consistently.
I was competitive.
I was throwing more and falling less…..but I was still getting thrown!
I was competitive but not dominant.
Learning the cross grip took me from average to PHENOMENAL!
As a matter of fact, I would not have won the 2004 Olympic Trials without it!