Boiling it down: If you had to describe the greatest passion in your life, could you? In my life it's Judo. It drives me. Not only to be a better fighter, but also a better person. I train and coach at Evolve MMA in Melbourne, Australia.
This website is a portal to the world of Judo, my world. It is intended for Judo players,
grappling enthusiasts, elite athletes and other people seeking to get fit and challenge themselves. I run two blogs from Ivo Judo: Judo Improves
Everything and Olympic Training.
I regularly post up my thoughts, tips and experiences about how you can get better at Judo and at life. Come along for the journey if you want.
Having represented Australia at the pinnacle of sport, London 2012 Olympic Games, I am now working towards winning Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as furthering my MMA career as far as possible.
2013: New challenges
My life's ambition was realised on July 29 last year. I competed at the Olympic Games.
Looking back, the result didn't matter. I cleared so many obstacles just to get there and maybe when I am old I will fully appreciate it.
I now have a different path to follow. I will be working to claim gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and retire from Judo. At the same time I will be dedicating myself to a career in MMA.
I don't know how far I will go in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts but I am excited bby the possibility of going in to unchartered waters.
I fully understand that balancing a dual sporting career can be difficult but am confident I have the right mindset and support structures to make a success of both.
I guess time will tell, but I promise you this, I will not leave anything to chance and will work harder than ever!
National Champion 2007, 2010, 2012
Oceania Champion 2008-2013
Bash for Cash Champion 2010, 2011
Samoa World Cup Runner Up 2011
World Cup Medallist 2010
US Open Medallist 2011
ADCC Asia-Pacific Trials Runner Up 2011
11th Place World Championship 2007
17th Place World Championship 2010
European Medallist 2007, 2009
Commonwealth Medallist 2008, 2010
Pan Pacific Champion (BJJ & Submission Grappling) 2008
Royler Gracie Cup Medallist (BJJ) 2009