Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Ronda Rousey: From JUDO to MMA

Hi audience!!!
If you have ever thought that a girl can't kick your ass you may change your mind when you meet my special guest: Ronda Rousey
Don't let her lie to you, because behind that beautiful face is hidden a true "femme fatale" :D

This young girl (born February 1, 1987, Riverside County, California) has had a successful Judo career getting several World Championship and Olympic Medals (Gold at the 2004 Junior WJC in Budapest, Silver at the 2007 Absolut WJC in Rio, and Bronze at the 2008 OG in Beijing), all of them at the middleweight class (-70 Kg).
After this, Rousey made her mixed martial arts debut as an amateur on August 6, 2010 and she jumped up to  professional on March 27, 2011 at King of the Cage: Turning Point. Due to her short MMA career you could think she's a rookie, but for sure her opponents shouldn't think the same. Since she's started to fight in the cage she hasn't lost any fight, even more she has won every combat by stunning submissions in record times. When you see her video, please take a look at how easily gets JUJI GATAME to make her rivals tap on the floor, in my opinion... totally amazing!!!
If you like to watch two ladys fighting every now and again, this woman is your woman, but pay attention because if you blink Ronda probably has already won the fight.

Finally, with you, Ronda Rousey in action:

Ronda MMA Highlights
Ronda Rousey vs Edith Bosch (Semi Final at the 2007 WJC, Rio de Janeiro)


Here you have an incredible an original Judo Advertisement from a Brazilian International Airport, starring by Tiago Camilo and Sara Menezes. The true is that these Judokas actually would make you FLY!!! Very good choice indeed :D


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Power of a Choke

Looking for some stuff on youtube, I'm found this video by chance and I think it's so funny.
Normally, I think these kind of TV shows are so sensationalist even though I find them very entertaining :D So take a look please, because in this one, they show you how easy getting someone slept is, something that judokas really know. Here you have the power of a choke by Fedor Emelinenko in Sport Science. Enjoy it!

Fedor vs Python - Part 1
Fedor vs Python - Part 2

Sunday, 18 December 2011


Hello again everybody!!! I'm back to business, sorry for my absence during these weeks but I was pretty busy and I didn't have much time to pay attention to this blog.

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to watch “WARRIOR” and I must be honest I’m still vibing!!! I loved it and I really really had a good time with it. If you are MMA or whatever fighting sport fan you are going to enjoy it for sure, it’s exciting, the fights are incredible, it has very emotional moments, in addition, you will able to see very good performances. I really recommend it, honestly. I’m not going tell you what the plot is, even though if you want to have a look, here you have the trailer.

The thing is that… after watching this film I felt like writing about a classical question that every fighter or even everyone has ever asked himself: Which martial art is the best? I mean, in my case, what can I take from Judo to be the best fighter, to be unbeatable? Typical questions, aren’t they?

Friday, 2 December 2011


I have just watched this video on the net and I think it's incredible!!!
Please take a look at the the amazing things that is able to do one of the most espectaculars and stylish Judokas of the International Circuit, GEORGII ZANTARAIA. In the future, I will dedicate something more to him, but now take seat and watch this freaking video!!! :D

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Commonwealth Judo Championships Cardiff 2012.

From the 22th of January to the 27th, it will take in Cardiff (Wales) the Commonwealth Judo Championships 2012.
This event is organised by the Commonwealth Judo Association (C.J.A.) and if you want to know more about it you only have to click in the different links of this post.
But just to warm up I leave you this terrific promotional video of the championship with the stamp of Fighting Films.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

ILIAS ILIADIS "The Superstar"

This is the Judoka of the moment, The Superstar: ILIAS ILIADIS.
This 25 years old guy has won everything and he has still so much to show Judo World.
His medals speaks for him...

YearTournamentVenuePlaceWeight class
Olympic Games
Athens, Greece
Half middleweight (81 kg)
European Judo Championships
Bucharest, Romania
Half middleweight (81 kg)
World Judo Championships
Cairo, Egypt
Middleweight (90 kg)
Mediterranean Games
Almeria, Spain
Middleweight (90 kg)
World Judo Championships
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Middleweight (90 kg)
World Judo Championships
Tokyo, Japan
Middleweight (90 kg)
European Judo Championships
Istanbul, Turkey
Middleweight (90 kg)
World Judo Championships
Paris, France
Middleweight (90 kg)

Font: Wikipedia

... but if you want to find out more about this strong, powerful, spectacular and charismatic fighter, then CLICK HERE.

By the way, Iliadis has been training recently at Scottish Highlands with some people from the British Judo Squad (watch the video) and if you want to see him face to face, don't lose your opportunity because he's going to be the guest star in a Judo Stage at Mieres (Spain) from the 17th to the 18th of December. If you are interested in it, here you have the publicity pamphlet.

Judo Rules to do a JUDO MATCH, LET'S FIGHT!!!

I'm sure you know how to play football, basketball, know their rules, but do you know how to do a Judo Match??? NO? you don't!!! so the first thing to fight is take a look at the basic rules, they are so easy.

Friday, 25 November 2011

JUDO RULES: 5 ways to win a Judo Match

Crystal clear by the great Jimmy Pedro, click here:
  1.  The perfect throw
  2. Hold down during 25 secs
  3. Strangle until submission
  4. Armlock until submission
  5. Disqualification (Hansoku Make)
You can click the links to watch an example of each one :D


Hi friends!!!
Today I would like tell you about the Judo roll. Most of you may not usually call this skill by this name, and that may be because it isn't an specific skill in our sport, actually you can see it in many different scenarios (free running, another martial arts, etc).
This roll is different from another ones, because we don't put our head in contact with the floor, allowing us to protect it. The only thing you have to do is rolling over your shoulder instead of your head.
There are many techniques in judo where we have to spin and roll, falling over our opponent to get a good throw and consequently the ippon. This movement is very similar to the Judo roll so practicing this skill is going to help us to do it.
Another reason to learn it, is the fact that in Judo is not permitted head dive in order to avoid neck injuries, this make this kind of roll a must in our sport.
Now, I'm leaving you a video that explains so good how to do it. It's from Parkour World Champion, Ryan Doyle, and I liked it because he explains very well the concept of this skill.

Ok, Have you liked it??? I bet you have :)
Now I'd like to finish with a quote, just to think about it:

"En Judo no se cae, te tiran", translated to English as "In Judo, you don't fall, you are throwed". 

This was said by the Great Judo Master in Spain, Jose Luis de Frutos (5ยบ Montreal 76).
What I mean is that althought I'm encouraging you to practice all this funny rolls, falls and gymnastics skills, we should spend only the right time on them, no more. We are JUDOKAS, so we must do JUDO.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming that agility is not important in our sport, of course it is, but being a great gymnast is not going to make you become an Olympic Champion.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


Hello everybody!!! How are you?

Yesterday, I had the opportunity of explaining some very well known Judo techniques at the Judo session in Scotswood Sports & Social Centre, their names?
O Goshi (for children Girlfriend's technique) and Koshi Guruma (Friend's technique).
These techniques are 2 support legs skills, with a limited grip.
Maybe some people is wondering "What does it mean?" It is very easy:
  • 2 support legs: both feet on the ground, we don't have to put any leg in the air, as it happens with another techniques.
  • Limited grip: this means that one of the grips is always on the posterior side of the upper body (back, neck, belt, etc), this fact (the arm position) makes that the spin to do throw is a little limited (tight, restricted), that is why we are calling this concept that way.
In these techniques always use our hip to help us to throw our opponent and the back grip make them very strong skills.

Now I am going to show you some differents videos where you will watch the proper execution of these skills and the different variations that you could do, as well as examples in competition.

Saturday, 19 November 2011


Here you all have INOUE!!! One of the greatest judokas EVER!!!

This japanese Champion was able to get three World Championships in a row (99,01,03), and the Olympic Title at Sidney 2000 with a great performance, winning all his fights by IPPON, the highest score in Judo.
This man was known as MR. IPPON, due to his attitud on the mat that always made him look it, always with amazing techniques, but one in particular made him famous, his incredible Uchi Mata.

I would like to sahre with you this video compilation where you will find some of the best ippons of his whole career, I hope you enjoy it!!!

See you soon :D

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A Little Judo Compilation to begin: THIS IS JUDO!!!

Here you have an amazing JUDO compilation from last Judo World Championship in Paris 2011.
If you want to watch it in YouTube, Click Here