Tue

28

Aug

2012

What happens now?

Now that the Olympics is done and dusted I’ve got to make some big decisions. I have refused to make any plans until the Olympics were done and now it’s time to shape my short, mid and long term future.

 

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Sat

18

Aug

2012

So........ The Olympics, what was that like?

21 years of training, 4 years of heartache, 2 years of qualification, 12 week final training camp, 16 days of Olympics and it came down to 1 do or die moment.

It’s very hard for me to put the Olympic experience in to words. Judo is so cut throat that the entire lead in, years of preparation, dedication and sacrifice can be over in 30 seconds.

 

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Mon

23

Jul

2012

This is it!

I remember watching Barcelona 92, that cauldron being lit with the archer’s arrow, in 4 days I’ll be in that stadium watching that cauldron being lit. I’ll be surrounded by the best athletes on Earth and (something I never thought would be true) I’ll be there as one of their peers, not a spectator. It is bizarre how you can dream about a moment like that for so long (20 years!) and when you get there you realise there’s something more you want…

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Tue

17

Jul

2012

What are you scared of?

However it’s the phase just before this that I want to write about. I call this part ‘In the trenches’. This involves heavy conditioning sessions off the mat and as much randori (judo sparring) as possible. 

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Tue

03

Jul

2012

26 DAYS!!!

It’s hard to believe that this whole journey I’ve been on has less than four weeks left. The final month of preparation whilst exciting is also the most nerve racking.

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Tue

19

Jun

2012

Who's going to take Gold in London?

My friend Matt D’Aquino posted his tips for the London 2012 Olympic Judo Results a couple of weeks back so I thought I would post up my picks and thoughts.

 

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Wed

13

Jun

2012

What's with Rio? Part 2

As my national ranking had dropped I had to wait to see if none of the other Aussies in my division planned to compete before the federation allowed me to enter and of course I received $0 of funding.

 

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Mon

11

Jun

2012

What's with Rio? Part 1

Rio is a city I have visited twice in my Judo career, first the 2007 World Judo Championships and then in 2010 I competed in the Rio Grand Slam.

 

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Wed

09

May

2012

London or Bust

April 29 2012 will be a day I never forget. It was on this day I realised my dream of qualifying for an Olympic Games. I may have ruined the ending of this story just then so I will give you a play by play of how the day went for me.

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Mon

23

Apr

2012

Final Showdown

Well, in the words of UFC announcer Bruce Buffer IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIt’s Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

 

All of my training since I was 5 years old, especially the work I’ve done in the past few years, to make Judo my everything culminates next week.

 


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Sat

24

Mar

2012

The London Olympics are only 126 Days Away


I haven't done a blog in a while. The London 
Olympics is now 126 days away, so I thought I
 should get everyone up to speed on what's 
going on

 

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Mon

20

Feb

2012

Shut up and Fight!

Now, it may be a bit rich for me to tell people to stop talking so much and get to work as I regularly blog about my experiences. However, I never miss one second of training to discuss anything outside the immediate drills or exercises we are working on.

 

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Fri

03

Feb

2012

The Fire

Ever heard athletes justify their continued participation in a sport by saying ‘I still have the fire to compete burning inside me’? No doubt if you haven’t heard it in this exact form, you have heard something very similar.

 

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Sun

06

Nov

2011

Finishing 2011 With a Bang!


So I am writing this from my tiny flat at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. I’m here for a week-long training camp with the Australian Judo Team in preparation for the Samoa World Cup next month.

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Wed

26

Oct

2011

The Big Picture of Australian Judo - Part 3 Today, Tomorrow and the Future

I’ve had my team mates Daniel Kelly, Mark Anthony and Carli Renzi win Gold at World Cup events. Myself, along with about eight others have medalled at World Cup level and/or won multiple fights at World Championships and Grand Slam level (the highest level of competition of the World Circuit).

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Thu

06

Oct

2011

Ten things your coach MUST do for you

Let me say up front that coaching is not easy, and I greatly respect anyone who takes on the role.

 

I am writing this blog from two perspectives: I am an elite athlete benefitting from my various coaches’ wisdom and knowledge, and I financially support my training by coaching Judo and running a personal trainer business. I am constantly reflecting on mistakes and positive choices from both positions in order to improve my coaching skills. So here are my thoughts.  

 

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Tue

20

Sep

2011

The Big Picture of Australian Judo - Part 2 Recent History and Now

Despite these difficulties, as the mid 90’s rolled through and Sydney prepared to host the 2000 Olympics Games, Australian Judo had some new faces that had started imposing themselves on the world scene. The likes of Cath ArloveRob IversDaniel Kelly and especially Maria Pekli had begun to assert themselves and regularly place top 10 at world events.

 

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Tue

06

Sep

2011

The Big Picture of Australian Judo - Part 1 Looking Back

To give an accurate landscape of the Australian Judo team on a world scale, I believe it is important to evaluate where we’ve been, where we’re at and where we can possibly go in the future.

 

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Fri

26

Aug

2011

Worlds 2011

Well I’ve just competed in the World Championships for the third time. It is the hardest competition on the calendar and I have always managed to bring my best to the competition resulting in two wins at each of my previous Worlds.

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Tue

19

Jul

2011

My Pan America Campaign

Well I’ve just wrapped up one of the most important periods of the Olympic Selection process. Between May and July 2011 there are nine events spread over 3 continents that count towards London 2012. 

 

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Tue

12

Jul

2011

The Wall

You’re lungs feel like they’re burning up, your arms, legs and everything else is aching, and your brain says ‘this is impossible, there is no way I can possibly climb this mountain’.

 

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Thu

23

Jun

2011

Just another day at the office

If you’ve been around me in the moments before I walk out to fight, it is quite likely you have heard me mumble to myself ‘this is your office, go to work’. Understandably, you’d probably come to the conclusion that I am a little bit crazy and would avoid being in my near proximity from that moment on.

 

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Thu

16

Jun

2011

A mistake can mean so much and so little

Unfortunately, I have been dealing with the ramifications of a very silly mistake I made recently. 

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Thu

21

Apr

2011

OJU Continental Championship 2011

If you’ve been on my homepage, or following me on Facebook, at all in the last five months then you’re well aware of how important the Oceania competition is for my Olympic Judo Selection.

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Tue

29

Mar

2011

Randori King

Most Sporting clubs have at least one of these guys. In Judo, he/ she is referred to as Randori King. Most people train to improve or to test themselves at the highest level of competition they can manage.

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Thu

17

Mar

2011

The Budo Diaries - Volume Three

Earthquake!!!

 

Well, I am sitting in the comfort of home writing this post not really knowing where to start. I will continue from where I left off in The Budo Diaries – Volume Two

 

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Thu

10

Mar

2011

The Budo Diaries - Volume Two

So I am about half way through the training camp and life is hard. Our first few days were long, long randori sessions in the morning and afternoon 

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Mon

07

Mar

2011

Geez. Harden Up a Bit!

One of my pet peeves is using minor injury as an excuse not to train. Judo is one of the hardest sports on your body. The impact of falling, twisting, bending, pivoting, gripping etc mean there is ALWAYS something that aches.

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Thu

03

Mar

2011

The Faith Principle

Today I want to talk to you about Faith! That's right - faith. Living by faith is part of every high performance athlete's development.  Have a read of my blog.  I am getting my Reverend on!

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Wed

02

Mar

2011

The Budo Diaries - Volume one

I’ve just arrived in Japan with some members of the Aussie national team. We are training at Budo University in preparation for the Oceania Championships (where I’m planning on making it three titles in a row!). 

 

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Fri

25

Feb

2011

Half Guard can be a great position for Judo

When breaking down the difference between Judo ne-waza (groundwork) and BJJ, I usually emphasise the 4 positions common with Judo and why 3 of them are almost not worth practicing for competitive Judo.

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Fri

28

Jan

2011

Bully Your Way to a Leg Grab

Leg grabs are still part of the game and you should be thinking about how to use them.

 

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Thu

13

Jan

2011

Setting Up a Drop Seio-Nage

This is part of a new series of blogs where I breakdown a technique and try to give some  insight into its application. 

 

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Thu

30

Dec

2010

Reflecting on 2010

It's amazing what you can achieve in 12 months.

 

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Tue

21

Dec

2010

Winning is made up of lots of losing

I’ve been defending myself of late after copping some flack for competing in the Pan-Pacific BJJ championships in a heavier weight division and in the purple belt division (when I have no formal BJJ grading).

 

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Fri

12

Nov

2010

The mathematics of rest

Having enjoyed a great day off yesterday and staring down the barrel of the start of another training week, I thought I would explain some stuff I’ve learned about resting.

 

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Fri

15

Oct

2010

One year on

My elbow reconstruction was an opportunity in disguise.

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Wed

13

Oct

2010

Can't get enough conditioning

What are you going to do to push yourself today?

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Mon

11

Oct

2010

Judo and Strength

Despite the fact that Judo is an old martial art and means the gentle way it is a fact that extensive stremgth training is necessary to become an elite judoka. The myth that martial artists don't need to be strong is terribly outdated and even untrue.

 

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Tue

05

Oct

2010

Cutting Weight aka Mental Torture

Weight cutting is an emotional roller coaster.  Hopefully I can give you a few tips for getting through it.

 

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Wed

29

Sep

2010

Training for Agility and Flexibility

The nature of Judo means that athletes need to be strong, fast, explosive, technical, smart and mobile. However, all these things don't even take into consideration your opponent's actions.

 

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Mon

20

Sep

2010

MMA Fighter

I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone last Friday. There was one more thing I had to do before my training break; it was to make my MMA fighting debut.

 

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Wed

28

Jul

2010

Two Years to Go

There is a lot of work to do between now and then, but I am exhilarated that in two years I could be realising a dream I have had for 18 years.

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Mon

14

Jun

2010

I did it

WOW. It’s now Monday night and 24 hours ago I was in one of the biggest Judo matches of my life.

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Fri

04

Jun

2010

Home

Got home yesterday from Brasil. It has been good to be back home and sleep in my own bed.

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Wed

19

May

2010

Intro

Well this is my first blog ever! I will mainly write about my training and competing in Judo. Not sure how many people will be interested in my daily grind, but if you are this will be a way to keep tabs on my journey to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

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Tue

28

Aug

2012

What happens now?

Now that the Olympics is done and dusted I’ve got to make some big decisions. I have refused to make any plans until the Olympics were done and now it’s time to shape my short, mid and long term future.

 

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Tue

13

Dec

2011

Progress – How the hell do you measure it?

Judo is one of the easiest sports to make you feel miserable when you are not winning, and the complexity of the sport can lead practitioners to feel like they are getting nowhere or even going backwards.

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