Saturday, May 19, 2012

Strength Training for Judo Screenshots

Strength Training for Judo sneak peek

Strength programs for all levels of Judo players: Beginner, intermediate and Advanced Judoka will beneift from having a gym program designed specifically for Judo

Warm ups are vital to having a good workouts but it is important to perform a warm up that is similar to the intensity that you are training.

Strength Training for Judo contains General Physical Preparedness drills (or GPP's) that will have you sweating before your session evern begins!

GPP's contain 5 exercises that include every muscle in your body to make sure you are fully prepared for the workout that you are about to undergo.

Strength Training for Judo contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions of each and every exercise. I have also included a variety of angles on some techniques ot make sure that you are doing them 100% correctly.

Strength Training is similar to Judo: With bad technique you will only get so far- but with good technique you will keep on improving and will reach your goals a lot quicker.

This manual also includes other great information such as what to eat before and after a workout, how many days a week you should train, injury prevention exercises and lots more!

Strength Training for Judo contains everything needed to help you get stronger on the mat!
There are a variety of different styles of stretching. Understanding each form of stretching as well as the benefits of each, will assist you in knowing what will give you the most gains. The 4 main forms of stretching are:
- Static
- Dynamic
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
- Self Myofascial Release – Foam roller

Strength training for Judo includes 10 foam roller stretches (as well as information needed to make your own home made foam roller)

Included is a bonus Exercise program card to help record your progress

To discover more about Strength Training for Judo or to grab a copy head

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Buy in the next 6 days and you will also recieve the competition preparation manaul absolutely FREE.

This manual is a must for anyone competing in Judo tournaments.
This eBook is 11 years in the making and gives you an insight into my secret tips and tricks regarding the highly stressful environment of competition. These are the various things I put in place to help me become an Olympian. My coaches don't even want me to reveal this information to you - but I am going to, only for the next 7 days.
These strategies are what many highly ranked Judoka set in place to cope with the emotional, physical and mental preparation needed to succeed in top level Judo tournaments.
I know this manual will help you best prepare physically and menatally for any competition or grading.

Topics include:
~ Tapering your training leading into competition
~ Cutting weight quickly and effectively
~ Weighing in
~ How to warm up properly before competition
~ Fight tactics/strategies and how to 'break down' a fight
~ and much more... 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Strength Training for Judo is live and available for purchase

I am pleased to announce that Strength Training for Judo is now live!

You can purchase Strength Training for Judo at the following link:

Strength Training for Judo

or you can copy and paste the following into your browser:

Yours in Judo,
Matt D'Aquino 

Monday, May 14, 2012

My personal Judo secrets revealed

Due to the fact that I missed out on qualifying for the London Olympics I have had so many people ask me if I am quitting Judo or if I am going to have a break from training.
But to be honest that just isn't going to happen, simply because of passion.
Passion is what keeps me going.
Passion is why I have a website full of good quality information about Judo. Passion is why I have 200 videos on YouTube.
I love teaching and passing on quality and effective Judo related material.

I am also passionate about strength and fitness. Alongside my Judo career I have been working in the strength and fitness industry for nearly 10 years and I have learnt the difference between effective and ineffective strength training.
This is why I am so excited to be releasing my new eBook Strength Training for Judo this Wednesday.
Strength Training for Judo is not written by a personal trainer who knows next nothing about Judo. It is not written by an old Judo coach who follows an out dated strength and conditioning program that he has been doing for 30 years.
This book is written by a current international Judo player who is using current up-to-date information as well as over 10 years of writing strength programs specific to each individual's needs.
In order to achieve everything I have achieved so far I had to follow a strength program written specifically for Judo.
Strength Training for Judo contains exercises and gym programs that will help you:
- develop full body power
- increase your core stability
- give you a stronger grip
- increase your lower body stability
- improve upper body strength
-acquire a stronger core
- get 'Judo specific' strength on the mat

Strength Training for Judo also comes with 3 bonus eBooks and video demos:
Bonus #1: Speed & Agility for Judo 
There is no point having great technique if you are too slow to enter for your techniques. Speed & agility for Judo covers exercises and movements that are essential in improving your speed and agility on the Judo mat.
Bonus #2: Explosive medicine ball drills for Judo
Medicine balls are a great piece of equipment to improve and increase your explosiveness and power. This book includes the fundamental movements you can do with a medicine ball as well techniques you can do with the Tornado ball. 
Bonus #3: Competition Preparation manual
As you know I am passionate about doing everything specifically FOR Judo whether it is fitness, technique and the mental game. Everything has to be Judo specific if you are looking at excelling in Judo

One of my mates is an MMA fighter and his coach told him to read the world famous book, "The Inner game of Golf" to help him understand how to prepare for an MMA fight.
Although this is a world famous book I believe that no-one can prepare you for a MMA fight except for an MMA fighter and no-one can help you prepare for a Judo competition except an experienced Judo player.
This book is so valuable that my coach says that I am crazy to give it away and that I shouldn't be giving away all of my strategies,tips and tricks for high level competition.

In the Competition Preparation manual I cover vital topics including:
- tapering your training
- diet
- what to bring to weigh in
- weighing in
- post-weigh in meals
- hydration
- dehydration
- as well as how to approach each and every fight
- mental imagery
- and lots more

This book contains everything I have ever done to prepare for a Judo tournament.
I reveal how I warm up for a tournament, how I approach each minute of each fight as well as post competition analysis to help me improve my Judo game.

This bonus is only available in the first 7 days when you purchase Strength Training for Judo (which is released in 3 days time.)
Keep an eye on your email and I will let you know as soon as Strength Training for Judo is available for purchase.
Talk soon,

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Myth busted- you don't need sit ups for Judo

Have you ever seen my video about core training for Judo?? It is one of my most watched videos on YouTube.

If you haven't seen it then don't worry, because I have included a video of essential Judo core exercises at the end of this email. 

Before you watch it make sure you read through this email!
Core strength is vital for all athletes, but especially Judo players. It is very important that you are regularly doing core strengthening exercises that will actually be specific and beneficial to your Judo, opposed to some of the old, out-dated exercises I see most Judoka doing.

"What is core strength?"
When you think of core strength you think of the usual abdominal exercises such as situps, crunches and the dreaded plank.

I have been working in the strength and fitness industry for nearly 10 years and I have seen pretty much every single torturous abdominal exercises you could possible think of - and there is a lot of garbage out there.

I am here to tell you that there are two types of core strength needed for Judo:
1) Rotational core strength
2) Upper body integration exercises

Rotational core strength:If you have been following me for a while you would have heard me talk about rotational core strength before. It is something I have been doing for years and it is something that I 100% believe in. Rotational core exercises are exercises that require you to rotate and work your whole trunk instead of the usual 'situp' or crunch'.
Think about it....When you are throwing someone with an Ippon Seoi nage are you crunching or are you rotating?? 
What about a Harai Goshi??? 
With a Harai Goshi you are once again rotating. So why aren't you doing rotational abdominal exercises??

Upper body integration:
The other type of core exercise I constantly preach about is upper body integration exercises. These are exercises that incorporate both your upper body and core at the same time. When doing Judo you are constantly using your core muscles and upper body at the same time.

Let's use the Ippon Seoi Nage and Harai Goshi as the example throws again. When you are throwing your opponent with these two throws you are locking your opponent to your body with your arms, while rotating your trunk and shoulders to finish the technique.
With most throws your upper body muscles are 'pulling', and your core muscles are 'rotating.'

Rotational and Upper body integration exercises include:
- Hanging Knee raises
- Hanging straight leg raises
- Hanging half moons
- L-sit chin ups
- Windscreen wipers
- Javelin press
- Push press
- Russian twists
- Renegade rows
- Single arm dumbbell bench press
- and stacks more

Here is a short video of a few of the core exercises you should be doing as part of your Judo strength program.

>>>>>>Essential core exercises for Judoka<<< 

Give some of these a go when you are next at the gym or while you are warming up for your next Judo class.

I nearly cried on the mat

The other day when I was at training I saw a young boy crying because he got thrown for a huge Hiza Guruma and it looked like it hurt. He got slammed -poor fella. Have you ever cried when you were on the Judo mat?? Maybe you had an excuse such as you broke a finger or a rib. Maybe you were young and you lost a fight or maybe it was because someone was so much better than you that they completely smashed you into the mat over and over again. When I was 18 I was selected to represent Australia at the Junior world Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Our coach at the time was from the Czech Republic so he organised for us to participate in a training camp in Prague. I was so excited. I couldn't wait. At the age of 18 I had placed second at our senior national championships and had won a few senior tournaments. I was ready to take on the world. I was invincible.  This was until my first randori in Prague where I was completely shut down by my opponents overpowering strength. He completely dominated me. I couldn't believe it. I put it down to the fact that he was a -66kg fighter and I was only a 60kg fighter. But the next guy bashed me...  and so did the next guy. They were just so strong and fast! It was a big eye opener that I really needed to get stronger. I was so frustrated that I nearly cried. I ended up competing in the junior world titles beating a fighter from the Dominican Republic before losing to a Korean in the second round. Although I came home disappointed I also learned a lot about the strength of European Judo and of Judo on an international scale. I then came home and had a good hard look at my current strength program. I talked to some of the best coaches in the country, researched on my own, and then implemented and adapted various strength programs to cater for what Judoka really needed when on the mat. Finally after 11 years I am now happy to report that I very rarely get physically dominated by someone in my own weight division. Next Wednesday I will be releasing my new eBook Strength Training for Judo.  It contains all of my 11 years of international Judo competition experience as well nearly 10 years of experience working in the strength and fitness industry.     I am so excited to be releasing it because it contains 2 of my greatest passions into 1 book. I love Judo and I love teaching people about strength training specifically for their own personal goals. I have helped literally hundreds of people achieve their goals through correct and effective strength training and due to the fact that we are Judo players we should be following a Judo specific gym program.   So keep an eye out on your email and I will let you know when it is released, have a great weekend.   Talk soon, Matt    

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Was Kano right? Does technique overcome power

Teddy Riner does weights for sure!!
I was talking with a team mate of mine recently and we came across an interesting point regarding competition.

Have you ever entered a tournament, and your first fight was against someone you have never fought before, and you didn't know anything about them?

Usually you try to get a sneak peak of them in the weigh in room. You may think to yourself:
-Do they look strong?
-Do they look fit?
-Do they look tough?

You try to have a look at their physical appearance you try to size them up.
-Do they have big traps and forearms?
-How big are their calves and quads?

Now it's fight time! The referee says 'hajime" and the fight begins. You and your opponent begin circling and engage in some grip fighting, then your opponent gets a hold of you.....and a little voice in the back of your head says, "Wow, this guy is soooo strong! This is going to be a battle"
Does this sound familiar?
Have you been there before? 

Did you notice that throughout the entire 'sizing up' process, nothing regarding their technique went through your mind?

When the fight starts the first thing you notice is your opponent's strength or lack of strength.

>>>>Discover the strength training exercises all Judoka should be doing<<<<

Strength does play a big role in competition Judo and being stronger than your competitor really helps. At a basic level, if you are stronger than your opponent you will be able to dictate the grips and in doing so prevent yourself being thrown.

Have you ever talked to someone after they got thrown within a minute? They never say: "That guy was just so technical, wow he had beautiful Judo." 

People who lose inside the first minute usually say something like "Wow he got a hold of me and he was just so strong, I couldn't break his grips or do anything. He was too strong for me to do anything."

Strength does make a difference. 
Was Jigoro Kano right, does technique really overcome power? Yes, Kano was definitely right.
Technique does overcome strength.

But, here is the problem!
Most people put technique and strength into two separate baskets, saying that you can have one but NOT the other.

What if you DID have both strength and technique?
I am a big believer in the fact that if you are physically strong and have great technique then you will become a very tough Judoka to beat.
In order to get strong for Judo you need to do a few strength movements including:
-Overhead presses (Javelin press, Seesaw press)· 
-Bench pressing movements· 
-Power cleans ·
-Squats (or squatting movements)·
-Chin-ups or rope climbs
-Box jumps
-Rotational core

In case you don't know what some of these exercises are I have filmed them into a short video for you here.

I look forward to talking with you soon, 


>>>>Discover the strength training exercises all Judoka should be doing<<<<